Labor Minister von der Leyen on Gender Quotas 'The Business World Has Simply Stood Still'

Labor Minister Ursula von der Leyen would like to see legally mandated gender quotas for senior management positions at Germany's leading companies. SPIEGEL spoke with the minister about why the time is right, the reasons younger women often reject such quotas and the advantages of the French model.
Ursula von der Leyen, 52, has been a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet since 2005. "Germany will have to find its own solution."

Ursula von der Leyen, 52, has been a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet since 2005. "Germany will have to find its own solution."

Foto: Wolfgang Kumm/ dpa
Interview conducted by Markus Dettmer and Claudia Voigt