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The Case for Affirmative Action

Program #STRN002. Recorded in Boulder, CO on April 22, 1997.

Few government programs are more maligned and misunderstood than affirmative action. What it does and doesn't do is shrouded in misconceptions. Few realize that women benefit most from the program. Women doing the same work still earn considerably less than their male counterparts. The percentage of women in senior management positions is minuscule. Racial discrimination remains persistent as recent incidents with Texaco and Wendy's attest.

Speaker(s):

Nadine Strossen

Nadine Strossen is professor of law at New York Law School. She has written, lectured and practiced extensively in the areas of civil liberties, constitutional law and human rights. She was elected President of the American Civil Liberties Union in 1991. She is the first woman and youngest person to serve as head of the ACLU.

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