Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Affirmative Action in Texas Case

AAUW employees hold protest signs at the Supreme Court

AAUW interns demonstrate outside the U.S. Supreme Court in support of affirmative action during arguments for Fisher v. University of Texas.

June 23, 2016

AAUW applauds the June 23 U.S. Supreme Court decision in the affirmative action case Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. AAUW signed onto an amicus brief urging the court to uphold the compelling interest of colleges in promoting diversity, including racial diversity, as a factor in college admissions.

Affirmative action is a critical tool for schools to meet compelling institutional needs for diversity and ensure equal opportunity in higher education. Studies demonstrate that learning with and from individuals of different backgrounds and perspectives leads to improved outcomes, ultimately benefiting our students, our communities, our workforce, and our nation as a whole. With this decision, the court has upheld this belief as a compelling interest.

AAUW believes that efforts to constrain or end affirmative action programs threaten our hard-won progress toward becoming a more diverse, well-educated country. Despite the clear strides women and minorities have made, ensuring equal opportunity in education and the workforce remains an elusive goal in part because discrimination persists. “Programs like the one at the University of Texas help break down barriers that confront women and minorities in education and employment, and they are essential to ensuring equal access to all professions. By ruling in favor of affirmative action programs, this decision takes another step toward equal opportunity for all,” said Lisa Maatz, vice president of government relations at AAUW.


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