Affirmative Action

If one is to discuss and problem solve an issue, he or she mustfirst know what the issue is truly about.Affirmative action is defined as the equal opportunities given to women, minorities, and small groups so they will have the same tools, education, and allotment to achieve their goals in life.Since affirmative action came about, debate arises daily about if it is truly equal and fair. Was it a word made as a cushion to the people so they will feel equal?Another interpretation is did this word actually make the white male group less important and unequal to the minority group, doing more harm to others than good.Affirmative action is not used unequally in the world, but in actuality if it was not for it these people would have nothing.
Julie A. Mertus supports the need for opportunities given to women in the work force.In the work force today many women are overlooked and pushed aside because of their gender.Many of the big wigs in businesses today feel that a woman is inferior to a man's intelligence of work skill trades.A woman can simply not handle the stress on the body or the mind thinking dilemmas in which a man can supposedly accomplish.Affirmative action however has allowed the women a chance to display their skills but what the debate arises is, because of the gifts given by affirmative action is this good for the world of today.Mertus gives an example of a German landscaper that was excluded from his promotion due to his company’s quota requirements.The company’s quota requirements stated that if a man and a woman are applying for the same promotion and there is a tie, the woman will be given the job if less than half holding the job are women.Another example given is that of a male teacher who did not receive his promotions due to the same law.In both situations the quota requirement that affirmative action laws made for the work field, the woman was chosen.The debate by most individuals…

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