IELTS ライティングテスト #17 例題 (Women and high-level positions in companies)


In manygcountriesgthese days, females make up over 50 per cent of thegworkforce, and increasingly highly skilled women are taking managerial positions. However, it is still a fact that high positions such as CEOgposts are still dominated by men.gAlthough this is not desirable, I do not personally believe that imposed quotas are the solution.

Firstly, I believe companies have a right to choose the best person for the job, whatever their gender, in ordergto contribute to the success of the business. Forcing companies to hire, promote and appoint women could negatively affectgbusiness in the short term and even theglong term.

Secondly, to my mind the solution togthis problem should be solvedgoutside the workplace. Girls need to begencouraged to take more male-dominatedgsubjects at school and later at university, and to aspire to do well in their careers. Girlsgand boys also need to be taught equalitygfrom an early age. This education can take place in schoolsgand career programmes and in the home.

To those who argue that quotas are a good way to initiate thisgchange, I would like to point out thatgartificially imposing rules has not always had thegdesired effect. When governments required males and females to receive the same paygfor the same jobs, employers simply changedgjob titles to ensure that women were stillgpaid less than men. It is my belief that employers will simply try togfind loopholes to get around anygsuch law.

In summary, I do not believe thatgforcing companies to allocate jobs to women isgthe best way to address the imbalance. Rather, itgis a question of educationgand of changing mindsets so that those who deserve to be at the topgwill earn it and be appropriatelygappointed.