Equality versus equity

Equality and equity are two ideals that are regularly confused with the other, and people are unable to differentiate between the two. 

Equality is defined as “the state of being equal, especially in status, rights, and opportunities”. And equity is defined as “the quality of being fair and impartial”. The difference is the use of the word ‘fair’. As it can be seen in the image, equality is everybody receiving the same treatment – whether it gives one an advantage and another a disadvantage is not the concern. However, equity is fairness. Giving everyone the same vantage point so no one can have an advantage over another.

Do you think we need equity or equality?


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