It's ridiculous to require a certain number of people from a race or sex to be hired in government agencies. This is one reason so many departments struggle to function. They hire on appearance not ability, and therefore cannot possibly hire the best candidate.
That's a nice thought but then a lot of women would be less qualified for the job because of their naturally smaller build.
Yes, a thousand times yes.
Yes, the only problem is that they don't, so quotas are necessary to even things out.