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Personal Statement One area of our winter class study that really interested me was affirmative action As a woman from a minority background affirmative action is a factor that impacts and affects my life and therefore is the area I would like to examine for my final paper I will or at least plan on focusing on race based and gender based affirmative action I would also like to include recent studies specifically about race-based affirmative action in regards to acceptances within universities Also according to January 27 2003s cover story of Newsweek there is at the moment an imbalance at the university level in favour of males Females are starting to outnumber males significantly I would like to explore this issue further and explore whether there is an argument in favour of affirmative action in favour of males in admissions policies or would there be reasons not to do so Brief Introduction To Topic Definitions Arguments etc Affirmative action can be described as a policy or a program that seeks to redress past discrimination through active measures to ensure equal opportunity as in education and employment wwwanswerscom Affirmative action is looked to be the nations most ambitious attempt to redress its long history of racial and sexual discrimination Many feel that affirmative action is essential in a just society and others feel that affirmative action seems to incite rather than ease the nations internal divisions In my essay I would like to explore the validity and effectiveness of affirmative action Many theorists including Ronald Dworkin also question the validity and effectiveness of affirmative action Does it work is their main question There are two arguments presented when examining affirmative action the argument for affirmative action and the argument against affirmative action An increasingly assertive opposition movement will argue that the battle to guarantee equal rights for all citizens has been fought and won They would further go to say that favouring members of one
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