Florida Bans Affirmative Action for State Colleges
Gov. Jeb Bush and the Florida Cabinet voted 4-2 to approve Bush's One Florida plan on Tuesday, making Florida the first state to voluntarily ban affirmative action programs for women and minorities in state colleges.
Bush's plan states that students who graduate in the top 20 percent of their high school class and complete a college preparatory curriculum will get into one of the 10 state universities. The changes, approved by the state's public university governing body, the Board of Regents, will take effect immediately.
Students, lawmakers, and women's groups had protested the anti-affirmative action plan prior to Tuesday's vote. Opponents of the One Florida anti-affirmative action plan vowed to keep fighting.
Media Resources: The Associated Press - February 23, 2000
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .