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Breaking barriers or dangerous for women? RT debates Dutch universitys female-only vacancies

A Dutch engineering university unveiled a plan to hire only women for some of its teaching positions..

      A Dutch engineering university unveiled a plan to hire only women for some of its teaching positions, as a solution to combat gender biases at work. RT has heard different opinions on whether the method actually helps the cause.      

In hopes of boosting diversity and fighting “implicit gender bias,” Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands opened permanent teaching vacancies “exclusively” for women in one of its programs. Men can be considered for the job only if no suitable female candidates are found in six months.

Political activist and comedian Kate Smurthwaite welcomed the move as a solution to combat gender inequality, because the existing “system is totally set up to favor men.”

If young women dont see women in positions of power, doing the jobs that they might want to do, it slows their progress. Without women at the top its harder for women to break through. So theyre just taking this opportunity.

The universitys model is one of the measures that can help women reach their “full potential” without having to spend “so much time and energy overcoming the obstacles” female employees face in society, the activist said.

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Media commentator and TV / radio host Gina Loudon disagreed, arguing that the idea is doing no one any good. She believes that although the universitys methods are being put forward as a remedy against bias, they are not helpful for women and discriminate against men. If a woman gets “a high-power job at that particular institution, everyones going to know that she had special aRead More – Source