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equal opportunity

noun
1.
the aggregation of policies and practices in employment and other areas that do not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, color, age, sex, national origin, religion, or mental or physical disability.
Related forms
equal-opportunity, adjective
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  • The Fahy Committee had acknowledged that manpower statistics alone were not a reliable index of equal opportunity.

  • Life, liberty and happiness; popular sovereignty; equal opportunity.

    The American Empire Scott Nearing
  • Without liberty and equal opportunity civilisation is a farce.

    The Crimson Tide Robert W. Chambers
  • He comes as the advocate of equal opportunity and he comes with the power to enforce his will.

    Philip Dru: Administrator Edward Mandell House
  • Burrish and Hawke toed the same line on the morning of February 22d, and they had had that day at least equal opportunity.

British Dictionary definitions for equal opportunity

equal opportunity

noun
1.
  1. the offering of employment, pay, or promotion equally to all, without discrimination as to sex, race, colour, disability, etc
  2. (as modifier): our equal-opportunity policy, an equal-opportunities employer
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equal opportunity in Culture

equal opportunity definition


The goal of giving all persons an equal chance to an education and employment, and to protect their civil rights, regardless of their race, religious beliefs, or gender. In the United States, various minority groups have been fighting for equal opportunity over the last 150 years. (See affirmative action, civil rights movement, equal protection of the laws, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, National Organization for Women, segregation, sexism, suffragist, and women's movement.)

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