Germany Passes Law Requiring Companies To Have Women Comprise 30% Of Corporate Boards

 Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and Manuela Schwesig, the minister of family affairs who helped a law requiring more women on corporate boards clear legal and political hurdles in Germany. Photo Credit Soeren Stache/European Pressphoto Agency

Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and Manuela Schwesig, the minister of family affairs who helped a law requiring more women on corporate boards clear legal and political hurdles in Germany. Photo Credit Soeren Stache/European Pressphoto Agency

Germany passed a law requiring some of Europe's biggest companies to give 30 percent of supervisory seats to women beginning next year. 

This newly passed law is "the greatest contribution to gender equality since women got to vote," according to Justice Minister Heiko Maas.      

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