Those that know me on this site will tell you that I am very old school. Here is how my opinion on this subject goes.
I have yet to meet a woman who is not as smart as any guy out there, depending on educational level, of course. Some women may or may not be as aggressive as some men, but that lies totally on the woman.
Should businesses be “required” to have a woman on their board of directors? Absolutely not. No more than they should be required to have a person of color or a person from any ethnic or religious group.
Most businesses will hire the most qualified person they can get for the least amount of money they can pay and that’s from the top down. There are already some ridiculous laws already in place that force employers to hire X of a certain type and X of another type and what they get usually in a burden.
Case in point. I work in construction and after a company gets so big they have to hire that X amount of women, which sometimes works out, but for the most part doesn’t. There have been times when we needed someone to do the heavy lifting for a crew. Could we hire some big ol’ boy with sleeve ripping muscles? Nope. Our quota was up on that type. It was time to hire a woman to meet the quota. Could she do the heavy lifting that was required for the job? Nope. So what they had to do was hire a woman and a man. While the man did all the heavy lifting, they put the woman to work sweeping the floors, filling water jugs, running errands, etc.
No one should be required to hire anyone who is not qualified or capable to handle the given job.
That’s all I have. Have a great day.