affirmative action

noun

Definitions of affirmative action

policies that contribute toward greater employment opportunities for minorities, women, the disabled, and other groups affected by discrimination

He argued that affirmative action was a necessary tool for levelling a seriously unlevel playing field.

clear or firm action taken to achieve a particular aim

In the event that the Board of Directors does not take affirmative action to fill the office of Chairman of the Board, the President shall assume and perform all powers and duties given to the Chairman of the Board by these By-Laws.