- the encouragement of increased representation of women and minority-group members, especially in employment.
Origin of affirmative action
Examples from the Web for affirmative action
After all, Fisher, the affirmative-action case involving the University of Texas, was argued in Supreme Court back in October.What’s Taking the Supreme Court So Long?
Richard L. Hasen
June 21, 2013
Such a decision, however, would affect only the affirmative-action program in Texas.Will the Supreme Court End Affirmative Action?
February 26, 2012
Rush Limbaugh (Southeast Missouri State dropout) proclaimed, “She is an affirmative-action case extraordinaire.”Closing the Case Against Sotomayor
May 28, 2009
If anything, attacking Sotomayor as an "affirmative-action hire" will make Republicans look like bigoted bullies to Latino voters.The GOP's Supreme Problem
May 27, 2009
- US a policy or programme designed to counter discrimination against minority groups and women in areas such as employment and educationBrit equivalent: positive discrimination
A term referring to various government policies that aim to increase the proportion of African-Americans, women, and other minorities in jobs and educational institutions historically dominated by white men. The policies usually require employers and institutions to set goals for hiring or admitting minorities.