Over the past 40 years, in an attempt to remedy past and present-day discrimination, affirmative action programs have significantly expanded employment and educational opportunities to traditionally underrepresented groups, including women and people of color. Affirmative action outreach, recruitment, training and promotion efforts increase diversity and ensure that those who have been traditionally marginalized have the same opportunities as others. Despite recent progress, women and people of color still face fewer job and educational opportunities, lower wages and economic uncertainty. These challenges prevent them from equally participating in all aspects of society.
The YWCA supports the maintenance and strengthening of affirmative action laws to protect people from discrimination on the basis of race and gender.
Fact Sheet - Affirmative Action