It has been said that nothing succeeds like excess, and this turned out to be true for the City of Paris.
Anne Hidalgo, the Mayor of Paris, has been handed a fine of $110,000 for bringing in too many women to fill top city jobs. Apparently, there’s such thing as ‘too many women’ in the city’s government. She brought 11 women to fill 16 top city jobs, and the Mayor has since been deemed ‘far too feminist’. She made the remarks that she’s been ‘far too feminist’ herself – with a hint of sarcasm, and she added that the decision is absurd. the fine was filed under the French law that aims to correct gender imbalances in top positions. The law mandates that top civil positions should be held by no more than 60 percent of one gender. Even though it was amended that there would be no fines if there’s a disproportionate number of men or women holding top civil positions, Hidalgo was given a fine of $110,000.
The Mayor celebrated the fine at a meeting with the Paris City Council and she affirmed that they’ve been sentenced to a fine.
“It is with joy, shared with many others, that I learned last week that the city of Paris had to pay a 90,000 euro fine.” – she said at the meeting.
She claims that the fine gave France the opportunity to confront the systemic problems that exist across the country when it comes to gender equity. Women comprised only 31 percent of all top civil service positions in 2018, and she herself is the first woman to lead Paris’ government. She even broke the same law in 2018 when she did the same hiring, and she has now been handed a hefty fine.
11 femmes, 5 hommes… La Ville de Paris a été condamnée à 90.000 euros d’amende parce que trop de femmes directrices ont été nommées.
Avec mes adjointes, les directrices et les présidentes de groupe, nous irons donc porter ce chèque à la Ministre de la Fonction publique. pic.twitter.com/yMDAeH86eS
— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) December 15, 2020
Hidalgo made immense progress in correcting gender imbalances in the city ever since she was elected. Now, 47 percent of senior management positions are held by women, and she stated that the gap is still very big in other French cities.
“And so, yes, to promote and one day reach gender equality, we must pick up the pace and ensure that more women are appointed than men.” – she stated.
Hidalgo was re-elected for a second term in this year’s election.
During her campaign, she claimed that she would turn Paris into a ‘feminist capital’ by extending the services for girls and women. Her approach differs to the one of French President Emmanuel Macron, whose actions towards gender inequity have been deemed ‘too timid’.
“I am happy to announce that we have been fined.” —Mayor Anne Hidalgo https://t.co/kWPFGh8KkK
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) December 16, 2020