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Faye J. Crosby, Laura Sabattini & Michiko Aizawa

In: The SAGE Handbook of Gender and Psychology

Chapter 29: Affirmative Action and Gender Equality

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Affirmative Action and Gender Equality
Affirmative Action and Gender Equality
Faye J. CrosbyLaura SabattiniMichiko Aizawa

Positive action policies, also known as affirmative action policies, are important tools forcreating gender equality in the United States as well as in other countries. The central aim of thepresent chapter is to describe how affirmative action operates in promoting equal opportunity andgender inclusion. In the first part of the chapter we describe the policy and practice ofaffirmative action and in the second we will document the effectiveness of affirmative action inassuring gender equality. In the third section attitudes toward affirmative action in the UnitedStates are examined, with an eye toward highlighting research that has appeared since the last majorreviews (Crosby, Iyer, & Sincharoen, 2006; Harrison, Kravitz, Mayer, Leslie, &Lev-Arey, 2006). ...

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