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Quotas have provided a lightning rod for debate about gender balance in the corporate sector ever since I started writing about the subject, covering such events as the pioneering Women’s Forum in Deauville and latterly our own Women at the Top conference. In recent years, even those who initially opposed firm quotas – such as Anne Lauvergeon of Areva and Christine Lagarde, France’s finance minister – have started to come round to the idea.
Christine Lagarde, French finance minister, tells Lionel Barber, editor, why she has changed her mind on female quotas and now believes that a system to help women move into senior roles is a necessary evil in today’s male-dominated boardrooms and political arenas.
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