Connerly Drops Florida Drive to End Affirmative Action
Ward Connerly has given up the drive to get a
constitutional amendment on the ballot in
November to ban affirmative action for
women and minorities.
Connerly's proposal would ban affirmative
action policies for women and minorities from
all levels of government in public education,
contracting or employment.
Gov. Jeb Bush, who launched his One Florida
anti-affirmative action against Connerly's
petition drive plan, was happy with Connerly's
decision according to a spokesperson. Bush's
plan, which passed the state Legislature last
week, bans affirmative action in state
universities and contracting but does not apply
to cities or counties. Connerly ridiculed Bush's
anti-affirmative action plan as a "lame
alternative" to his anti-affirmative proposal.
Affirmative action programs seek to remedy
past discrimination against women, minorities,
and others by increasing the recruitment,
promotion, retention, and on-the-job training
opportunities in employment and by removing
barriers to admission to educational
Media Resources: The Miami Herald - 9 May 2000, and Feminist
1/23/2015 #HeForShe Campaign Launches Pilot Effort Aimed at Institutional Equality - The United Nations' gender equality campaign #HeForShe has launched a new program called IMPACT 10X10X10.
United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, together with UN Women Executive DirectorPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, introduced the one-year pilot effort aimed at encouraging corporations, universities, and governments to play an active role in enhancing women's empowerment and equality in Davos, Switzerland today at the World Economic Forum.
"Women need to be equal participants in our homes, societies, in our governments, and in our workplaces," Watson said.
First introduced in September, HeForShe is a solidarity movement that calls on men and boys to confront gender inequalities that face women and girls globally. . . .