France's ruling political party recently proposed legislation that would make it mandatory for major companies to have women make up 50 percent of their board members by 2015. Right now, women constitute 10 percent of the board of directors at France's top companies. The US isn't far ahead — only 15 percent of board members at Fortune 500 companies are women.
French lawmakers hope the quotas will help change public attitudes about gender equality, and the requirements might also be good for business. A 2007 study found that Fortune 500 companies with the largest number of female directors significantly outperformed those with the least representation. As France debates the proposed law, would you like to see a similar one in the US?