California continues its crusade to social engineer. In their latest battle nobody asked for, they are now making it a requirement to have at least one board member that is female by the end of 2019. Via Reuters:
The law would mandate at least two female directors by the end of 2021 if the company has five directors and three women if the company has six or more directors. Violators face fines of at least $100,000 and up to $300,000 for multiple violations of the statute.
“Given all the special privileges that corporations have enjoyed for so long, it’s high time corporate boards include the people who constitute more than half the ‘persons’ in America,” California Governor Jerry Brown said in a statement announcing the bill’s signing.
Silicon Valley tech companies started disclosing workforce diversity figures in 2014, but progress at the top has been slow, underscoring the challenge of transforming cultures that critics say are too homogenous, white and male dominated.
Yes, the ever dangerous and terrible position of having a board that’s too white and male dominated in a country that was founded and cultivated largely by white males. Definitely can’t have that!
They aren’t even trying to hide it anymore. They want to replace white men. Period. Not that is has to be said, but deliberately placing arbitrary quotas that have nothing to do with job performance or logic is a dangerous precedent, and ultimately fruitless and destructive. And why is this only a problem in corporate board rooms? I notice a rather large absence of diversity of NBA basketball teams. Should we place quotas to require more white people on NBA teams? After all, they are not proportionally represented on a NBA roster as compared to their proportion of the population.
No, of course that would never happen. Nor should it. The free market, or what small idea of the free market we think we have is, only works when it’s allowed to run naturally. Which means allowing companies to hire whomever they want and put whomever they want on their boards. If women feel so slighted, here’s an idea, how about start more companies? Yes, I know, patriarchy. Privilege. Victim mindset.
This will not end at corporate board rooms, nor will it end with just a quota for women on corporate boards. Eventually boards will need to be 20, 50, 100 people large to accomodate all of the requirements to have x amount of women, x amount of Native Americans, x amount of African-Americans, etc etc etc. Micro-managing into oblivion.