Tuesday 17 October 2017

Gender quotas are discriminatory

* 'Male candidate awarded job instead of better-qualified female candidate.'

If this headline appeared in this paper, it would justifiably stir up a torrent of criticism, letters and comments denigrating the relevant institution and signalling disapproval at the blatant sexism and unfairness of the award. But it would be the lack of logic that would ultimately indict the awarding body: if one candidate is stronger than the other, then surely the job should be awarded to the former? The principle that emerges from this example is that the sex of the strongest candidate should be irrelevant. Most people would agree that this is correct.

'Female candidate awarded job instead of better-qualified male candidate.'

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