Friday 19 October 2018

We're not doing ourselves any favours ladies - quotas just make men hate us

Forcing more women on to the airwaves is not the answer to inequality, writes Sarah Carey

Sarah Carey

Sarah Carey

Quotas. Quotas. Quotas. It's all about women and quotas these days.

Last week, female academics and journalists called on the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) to impose quotas on radio stations for women contributors. Whether it's politics, boards or radio panels, the Sisterhood is mad about quotas. I am not. Because quotas make men hate women more than they already do. Because when people think someone is in a position because they got help and not because they earned it, they've no respect for them. And because I don't want anyone telling me what to do. I work hard to get good contributors on my show on Newstalk and it's difficult enough without dealing with a stupid quota.

The recommendation was made in a publication called Hearing Women's Voices, which counted female voices on Newstalk and RTE Radio 1 over a three-week period last year.

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