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Affirmative Action Today Affirmative action has had its greatest amount of success in city state and government jobs Since the 1960s the area of law enforcement witnessed the greatest increase in minority applicants and in jobs offered to minorities This should be viewed as an extremely positive thing because prior to affirmative action these jobs were almost completely closed off to minorities and woman The influx has been greatest in the area of government state and city because this type of work is easier for affirmative action to watch over and regulate Affirmative action has experienced considerably less success in integration in big business This is do to the fact that big business has been more resistant to affirmative action and harder to regulate I believe that increasing minority and female applicant flow would be very easy for a company to do They simply need to include minority colleges and universities in campus recruitment programs place employment opportunities in minority oriented print and broadcast media and retain applications of unhired minority applicants to be reviewed as a position opens This would be a great opportunity for applicants and employers Affirmative action is also needed to help black women to compete in todays corporate world Black women in corporate America are still scarce According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics report for 1984 among the classification executive administrative managerial and professional specialty there were only 1474000 black women 59 of the total as opposed to 22250000 white women 91 of the total number of working women in this category Cyrus Virginia Experiencing Race Class and Gender in the United States Second Edition 1997 p 122 Another area affirmative action addresses is preferential hiring programs Many times people of color have been excluded from hiring pools overtly discriminated against unfairly eliminated because of inappropriate qualification standards or have been rendered unqualified because of discrimination in education and housing Court decisions on affirmative action have rendered
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