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  1. affirmative actionnoun

    a policy designed to redress past discrimination against women and minority groups through measures to improve their economic and educational opportunities

    "affirmative action has been extremely controversial and was challenged in 1978 in the Bakke decision"


  1. affirmative actionnoun

    a policy of making active efforts to improve the employment or educational opportunities available to members of minority groups or women; -- achieved by employers or schools by using various techniques, but excluding the use of simple quotas or outright discrimination against white males. affirmative action is required by law for certain employers in the United States.


  1. affirmative actionnoun

    A policy or program providing advantages for people of a minority group who are seen to have traditionally been discriminated against, with the aim of creating a more egalitarian society through preferential access to education, employment, health care, social welfare, etc.


  1. Affirmative action

    Affirmative action refers to policies that take factors including "race, color, religion, sex, or national origin" into consideration in order to benefit an underrepresented group "in areas of employment, education, and business".

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Affirmative Action in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Affirmative Action in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Affirmative Action in a Sentence

  1. Grace Fosu:

    [ Ghana ] has made some strides with regard to women's rights in some areas but has not done very well in other areas... women's role in public life is abysmal with attempts to get an affirmative action law in place not gone far.

  2. Lauren Davenport:

    Racial identification is significant for the implementation of affirmative action, the drawing of legislative districts, and the enforcement of anti-discrimination laws in employment, education and housing.

  3. Gabriela Cuevas Barron:

    Thats why we believe we need to encourage parliaments to have affirmative action.

  4. Anthony Jack:

    Some people have said wealth is affirmative action for white people.

  5. Kevin Cramer:

    It was an exciting day to be with the President, and he asked right out front,' Do you have any preferences ?' i said my only preference would be, don't succumb to the pressure to make this some sort of an affirmative action pick.

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  • θετική δράσηGreek
  • ದೃ action ೀಕರಣದ ಕ್ರಿಯೆKannada
  • உறுதியான நடவடிக்கைTamil

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