Affirmative Action Programs For Women And Minorities Essay

961 Words Aug 3rd, 2015 4 Pages
Introduction. For this research paper, we were tasked with an assignment to review affirmative action programs as it relates to women and minorities. We are then to discuss the impact, both positive and negative, on business in America. Affirmative action is defined as: an action or policy favoring those who tend to suffer from discrimination, especially in relation to employment or education; positive discrimination. Another definition, which gets to the point of what is really going on is: the practice of improving the educational and job opportunities of members of groups that have not been treated fairly in the past because of their race, sex, etc. What I would like to do in this paper is first explain what affirmative action is, where it came from, and where it is going. Then, list different cases where affirmative action was clearly apparent. Finally, I will discuss if it 's a benefit or a detriment to business.
Body. Affirmative action was first "initiated by the administration of President Lyndon Johnson (1963–69) in order to improve opportunities for African Americans while civil rights legislation was dismantling the legal basis for discrimination" (Encyclopedia Brittanica). Businesses receiving federal funds were prohibited from using aptitude tests and other criteria that tended to discriminate against African Americans. Ultimately, women, Native Americans, Hispanics, and other minorities were included under the blanket of affirmative action and is was also…

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