“I am convinced that this law will usher in a change of culture”, said Manuela Schwesig, the Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, following yesterday’s agreement by the German cabinet to introduce a 30% quota for women on the supervisory boards of Germany’s biggest companies. I too think and hope that this is a step in the right direction, although much still remains to be done. However, it is rather disappointing to see the pictures in today’s press, both in the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” and the “Frankfurter Allgemeine”.
The image of women on company supervisory boards seems to be primarily focused on their shapely bare legs. It looks like people are in for a shock when they discover that the women taking up their positions on supervisory boards actually have legs of all shapes and sizes and even have their own individual faces.