Friday 9 December 2016

A return to gender would be bad for women

Mildred Fox says all working mums juggle family and careers - but as a TD, the pressure can get too much

Mildred Fox

Published 27/09/2015 | 02:30

Mildred Fox pictured outside Leinster House on one of her first days, back in 2002
Mildred Fox pictured outside Leinster House on one of her first days, back in 2002
Mildred Fox with her daughter Caoilfhionn Tighe

I hate gender quotas. To me, they seem manufactured to present a healthy picture of a situation. They remind me of a cheesy Christmas card I used to get with a shiny, happy family snap on the front, just that little bit too sweet to be wholesome. They are idealistic, they are forced and in the democratic process, they have the potential to sell us short. At least you know where I stand.

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The concept of political parties running more women is a fine one - indeed 30pc would be a great start, but only if it is genuinely something which is beneficial to our political system, to the electorate and to candidates themselves.

I do not believe that forced gender quotas are the best way to achieve this.

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