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Affirmative Action

"Affirmative action was originally

designed to help minorities, but women-especially white

women-have made the greatest gains as a result of these programs"(Gross, 1996). Affirmative action is a

growing argument among our society. It is multifaceted and very often defined vaguely. Many people

define affirmative action as the ability to strive for equality and inclusiveness. Others might see it

as a quote-based system for different minority groups. I agree and support affirmative actions in that

individual's should be treated equally. I feel affirmative action as an assurance that the best

qualified person will receive the job.

Is affirmative action fair? In 1974, a woman named Rose was truned down for a supervisory job in

favor of a male. She was told that she was the most qualified person, but the position was going to be

filled by a man, because he had a family to support. Five years before that, when Rose was about to fill

an entry-level position in banking, a personnel officer outlined the woman's pay scale, which was $25 to

$50 month less than what men were being paid

for the same position. Rose was furious because she felt

this was descriminating to her. She confronted the personnel officer and he saw nothing wrong with it.

Thanks to affirmative action today things like these situations are becoming more rare and/or corrected

more quickly. Affirmative action has definitely

helped women and minorities in their careers, but it has

yet to succed in the goal of equality to the fullest for the business world to woment and minorities.

"Some observers argue that women have made huge strides!

with the help of affirmative action. They now hold 40 percent of all corporate middle-management jobs,

and the number of women-owned businesses has grown by 57 percent since 1982"(Blackwood, 1995).

"Affirmative action was desinged to give qualified minorities a chance to compete on equal

footing with Whites" (Chappell, 1995). Equal opportunities for the blacks, for the most part, has

remained more wishful-thinking than fact. Black students are continuing to struggle to seek an

education, black business owners are still competing against their White counterparts, and black workers

are experienceing an unemployment rate twice that of Whites and hold dead-end, labor-intensive,

low-paying jobs. "Few can argue that racism is still rampant in awarding craontcts, jobs, and

educational opportunities, eventhough it's been proven benefical to have peop[le of different races with

different ideas and



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