Affirmative action

policy of promoting members of groups that have previously suffered from discrimination

Affirmative action (known as positive discrimination in the United Kingdom) is a policy where members of minority groups are given preference over members of more common or bigger groups. T[1]his is usually done to try to obtain some equality or balance. Positive discrimination is illegal in many countries.

It is most often found in education, employment and welfare.


  1. "Affirmative Action". Stanford University. Retrieved 2012-04-06.