The quota system is superficially portrayed as a debate about fairness. It is presumed that women are discriminated against by men. The evidence for this presumption of unequal treatment is women's apparent underrepresentation in the labour market. The quota system is being advocated at a time of an increasing scarcity of qualified employees due to demographic shifts, and women are thus, and by all means, to be integrated into employment.
Today, coercion seems to be the choice for politicians as suitably qualified women are increasingly reluctant to enter the job market on a long-term basis. Without doubt, these women have higher entry requirements than the 'simple housewives' in the 1950s, in times of a great economic backlog. [ii]