Many commenters say that regardless of gender whoever is qualified should get the job... in an ideal world, that works. In an ideal world where sexism, conscious or unconscious, doesn't exist, that works. In an ideal world where women aren't jumping through more systematic hoops at work that many other men fail to see even occurring let alone not have to jump through themselves, that works. Affirmative action's intention is to acknowledge the REALITY of our world where we women deal with sexism on a daily basis: whether it be unconscious assumptions i.e. "Women are good at conflict resolution", or if it's conscious misogyny manifested in micro-aggressions that are very hard to prove have prejudice behind them. Men (and women) who deny this happens are either willfully ignorant or just oblivious to their surroundings (or they are the ones guilty of the misogyny and discrimination being complained about, which was the case for me personally at a previous job where the boss turned a blind eye to sexual harassment because he himself was harassing other employees). And the higher up the corporate or government ladder you climb, the more difficult it becomes and the more likely you will be the only woman in a room full of men the vast majority of your time at work. That's not anecdotal, that's from meta studies on women in the workplace. Women, and minorities/POC, WANT TO BE REPRESENTED, and that won't happen if white men in suits only look to other white men to hire because of their assumptions about women and/or POC (whether or not they are conscious of those biases). If we (women and POC) did not fight for our right to be treated equally and to not be harassed at work, we'd be living in a Mad Men world. I'm not okay with that. Women and POC can offer different perspectives based on their personal background and can provide refreshing thoughts or ideas on how to improve the company/ the government institution they work for. That is not the same as assuming "women are good at fixing this problem for me". When I find a woman of color that tells me we no longer need affirmative action, then maybe I'll listen. But I'm not going to let people from the majority group i.e. White Men tell me that we don't need something that no longer gives them a leg up in the working world. Just... stop please. And listen to your colleagues who are women, who are of color, and just ASK them about their experience as a woman/POC in the work place, just LISTEN to their stories, and I guarantee you that you will reconsider your position on ending affirmative action.