Tokenism


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Tokenism

The practice of including only a certain number or percentage of a minority group in a business or other organization. Tokenism may or may not be deliberate. For example, a company, intentionally or not, may hire one and only one member of a minority race to its executive team. It could be an attempt to avoid a discrimination lawsuit, but some believe it is itself a form of discrimination.
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class="MsoNormalBut tokenism is just one of the big sticks women have to contend with.
Whilst the lots are separate, it is vital that tenderers see each lot as part of the full intervention under the whole Beyond Tokenism BME/LGBT and minority communities inclusion programme.
"By having a chief diversity officer, you have given a level of leadership and dedicated attention to this that puts it in the leadership structure of the university, and I don't think that it's tokenism," Ervin said.
De Cremer: "The perception of tokenism is a problem for any minority, regardless of quotas.
It is tokenism. These players should not go back on."
Worcester's halls of power are open to all, but in order to avoid the charge of tokenism, the Council would surely have to open the walls of City Hall for any and all previous councilors whose work and service were deemed noteworthy.
"This is the sort of PC tokenism that makes people's blood boil.
I would be guilty of facilitating tokenism were I to accept such an invitation."
The representation of women in parliament has always remained skewed and all major political parties have always indulged in mere tokenism. Figures for the 2009 Lok Sabha polls show 8,070 candidates contested the 2009 polls, of which just 556 ( a mere 6.9%) were women.
I'm definitely not advocating quotas or tokenism. I wrote a longer version of the story, but some of it was cut for space.
"Without the ability to implement change, the role feels tokenistic and I've never been one to go along with tokenism."
However another Conservative MP, Andrew Bridgen, dismissed the idea as "political tokenism" which would have little impact, given the vast scale of the the refugee crisis.