Positive discrimination (for those who aren't familiar with the term) is when you actively single out a person or group and give them 'special treatment' or look on the favorably. This could be hiring a woman instead of a man because you want to seem more 'diverse'. This could seem unfair and I suppose in a certain way it is however the only way to allow people to view men and women as equals, women who have been oppressed and turned away simply because of their gender, is to bring them into an environment which may usually be male-dominated. Doing this we can give women the oppourtunity to prove that they are, in fact, just as good as men.
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Yes while that is true I feel the only way to reach true equality is to give women a leg-up. After centuries of being put down I say women deserve it! How will women achieve their true potential if never giving them the opportunity. Life has always been in favor of men and almost all areas of work are in fact male dominated. I say we tip the scales and allow give women a chance. Perhaps it will make a job more appealing to them and could inspire future generations to question gender stereotypes and get involved in areas they were afraid to before. If we have 'equality' how come men are twice as active in business as women? Once positive discrimination is in place women will be employed in more work areas and then equality will shine through. Our current methods of getting equality aren't working so what else is there to do? How do you propose we gain equal rights?
I am most certainly not saying that women should dominate every single career but I think that women are overshadowed in most areas of work. Are you saying women should only be allowed to dominate nursing. After that it is all men. How can you say it is simply due to the person when it clearly isn't. Men dominate in engineering, business, science, teaching. How is that not to do with gender. How many women say "I want to be an engineer"? Very few. It could be for fear of being judged for it, it could be because they feel they aren't so good. I am not saying a company should only hire women and ban men from their business. But we need to encourage women to grasp their full potential and right now they are not. Women can be just as good at every aspect of the working world and equality is yet to be achieved. I am not saying women are better than men but I am saying that they are equal. Encouraging women to take part in career paths they wouldn't have before is a really key factor to gaining equality. If a male candidate is exceedingly more qualified for a job and it is in the best interest of the company to hire him. But if a woman could be as good as a man then HIRE HER.
I know this is not such a popular view but I think that it is a last resort option. What do we have left to do? Please keep commenting as I feel there is more to discuss on this topic.