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equal opportunity

the aggregation of policies and practices in employment and other areas that do not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, color, age, sex, national origin, religion, or mental or physical disability.
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equal-opportunity, adjective Unabridged
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  • To the insular cynic and the insular moralist they offer an equal opportunity.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • Without liberty and equal opportunity civilisation is a farce.

    The Crimson Tide Robert W. Chambers
  • Life, liberty and happiness; popular sovereignty; equal opportunity.

    The American Empire

    Scott Nearing
  • When all men have an equal opportunity in life there is no incentive to commit crime.

    When Dreams Come True Ritter Brown
  • She has equal opportunity to achieve subsistence and equal pay for her labor.

    The Arena Various
British Dictionary definitions for equal opportunity

equal opportunity

  1. the offering of employment, pay, or promotion equally to all, without discrimination as to sex, race, colour, disability, etc
  2. (as modifier): our equal-opportunity policy, an equal-opportunities employer
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equal opportunity in Culture

equal opportunity definition

The goal of giving all persons an equal chance to an education and employment, and to protect their civil rights, regardless of their race, religious beliefs, or gender. In the United States, various minority groups have been fighting for equal opportunity over the last 150 years. (See affirmative action, civil rights movement, equal protection of the laws, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, National Organization for Women, segregation, sexism, suffragist, and women's movement.)

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