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Affirmative action was orginally designed to help minorities but women-especially whitewomen-have made the greatest gains as a result of these programsGross 1996 Affirmative action is agrowing argument among our society It is multifaceted and very often defined vaguely Many peopledefine affirmative action as the ability to strive for equality and inclusiveness Others might see itas a quote-based system for different minority groups I agree and support affirmative actions in thatindividuals should be treated equally I feel affirmative action as an assurance that the bestqualified person will receive the jobIs affirmative action fair In 1974 a woman named Rose was truned down for a supervisory job infavor of a male She was told that she was the most qualified person but the position was going to befilled by a man because he had a family to support Five years before that when Rose was about to fillan entry-level position in banking a personnel officer outlined the womans pay scale which was 25 to50 month less than what men were being payed for the same position Rose was furious because she feltthis was descriminating to her She confronted the personnel officer and he saw nothing wrong with itThanks to affirmative action today things like these situations are becoming more rare andor correctedmore quickly Affirmative action has definately helped women and minorities in their careers but it hasyet to succed in the goal of equality to the fullest for the business world to woment and minoritiesSome observers argue that women have made huge strides with the help of affirmative action They now hold 40 percent of all corporate middle-management jobsand the number of women-owned businesses has grown by 57 percent since 1982Blackwood 1995Affirmative action was desinged to give qualified minorities a chance to compete on equalfooting with Whites Chappell 1995 Equal opportunities for the blacks for the most part hasremained more wishful-thinking than fact Black students are continuing to struggle to seek aneducation black business owners are still
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