[cajobportal Insights] For this role, “We want a woman only”

An English professor wrote the words,

“Woman without her man is nothing” on the blackboard and directed his students to punctuate it correctly.

Some wrote: “Woman, without her man, is nothing.”

And then the others wrote: “Woman! Without her, man is nothing.”

Firstly, as always, I resent the idea of a separate one day dedicated to the cause of women. Often, this borders on tokenism, without touching the core issues. When the male chauvinist ego considers them weak, unreliable or sometimes loser; as a women playing the famous PUBG game recently complained when told “Gaming is not your cup of tea, go make sandwiches”

But will give in to the trend and share my views from a recruitment standpoint.

There are fewer women among Chief executives of Fortune 500 companies (4.5%) than there are men named James 5%

A leading business daily carried a front page story about how MNCs, Indian conglomerates and start-ups are seeking women to fill leadership roles. The shift is best represented by the search industry veteran – “Earlier, it was about ‘Given two equals, we prefer a woman’. Now ‘We want a woman only’ has started”

It’s a separate story that unofficially, at the other end of the conundrum, we at #cajobportal so often get instructions like

–          “since this role entails travelling, late nights etc., lets restrict the search to guys only”

–          Let’s drop this girl’s candidature. She is likely to get married soon, will opt for paid maternity leaves etc.

Now, if we shift from the boardroom to the classroom, the preference and special incentives continues. At IIM-Indore, Calcutta, Bangalore and FMS, there are 4, 2, 2 and 3 extra points respectively for a female applicant.

So much for ensuring the females make it to the corporate boardroom.

My little submission is whether any form of special carve outs in the hiring process help further the cause of equality in the long run? Wouldn’t it be better if we work on the core structural issues that otherwise act as an impediment to their rise to the top?

What do you think?