The term “affirmative action” has gotten stuck in its earliest conception in the minds of many, and has not been allowed to grow up to reflect its current meaning. The early debates over affirmative action, focused upon non-male, non-Caucasian minorities, gradually gave way – through a combination of factors – to a more equitable definition. In fact, it can be said that the implementation of affirmative action through agencies, programs, court cases, and federal contractors is much closer to its ideal. “Affirmative action” is now synonymous with “diversity” and “equality.”

President John F. Kennedy launched the term “affirmative action” and its definition through an Executive Order, issued March 6, 1961. Known as “Executive Order 10925,” this single sentence is where it began, specifically for government contractors: “The contractor will take affir