You have a Hershey’s cookie and cream in your hand and you have 3 other friends, what do you do? Obviously, you share the 12 parts amongst 4 people equally. You did this to have ‘fairness’ and give everyone an equal treatment. But what if one of your friends had already eaten the same chocolate before he/she met you all?

The question here that I want to ask is that; Do we need to raise voice for equality or equity? Let me break it down for you, by this image:

 

This images shows that 3 individuals of different height are attempting to peak above the fence. In order to treat each equally, they are all given one box each of same height. However, doing so wouldn’t necessarily help the shortest person and the tallest person has a box even though he doesn’t require it. Therefore for equity, each person would be given a box as per their height.

Equity is giving everyone what they need to be successful whereas equality is treating everyone the same. It is the quality of being fair and impartial. It refers to understanding the need of the individuals and treating them accordingly.

Equality aims to promote fairness,it claims that every individual should be granted the same resources and privileges regardless of the differences. But it can only work if everyone starts from the same place and needs the same help.

If a teacher is supposed to distribute pencils to the students in the class, she would give each one of the them the same amount of pencils. This is equality. But, if the teacher has to distribute school t-shirts to each student, she cannot give the same sized t-shirt to everyone; she’ll have to make distinctions between different sizes. This is equity.

On the other hand equity appears unfair but it actively helps move everyone near to success by ‘leveling the requirements’. Equality promotes fairness but not everyone starts at the same place, and not everyone has the same needs.

For instance gender equality, it does not aim at both gender possessing same characteristics rather it aims at giving the same opportunities for both to achieve success despite their differences.

Jeremy Dowsett, a writer, says that it feels kind of like riding on roads is meant for cars. Unintentionally, for a biker the road might be dangerous. The automobile bodies of cars and bikes are different which makes the difference. And the truth is that “the whole transportation infrastructure privileges the automobile.”

So the system might not meet everyone’s needs. Can we change the whole system? Rarely. What we can do is advocate for equitable practices in order to promote fairness. Surely, this will require extra work.

The first step to justice is being able to recognize it. Lorde maintains, “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”

Another everyday example is the race tracks.

The blue runner has a sure advantage over the other runners as it is in the innermost lane which is the shortest distance. As a result, equality – starting at the same place – doesn’t result in fairness.

In contrast, the concept of equity, would lead the starting positions of the runners in order to offset the disadvantages facing for red and yellow person. In this case, different treatment is a surer path to fairness and justice than the same treatment.

Some people, like the runners in the outside lanes of the track, live with social, political and economic disadvantages that contribute to poor health or living conditions. For instance, people who live in poverty are frequently less healthy than those with more resources. As a result, they may need additional services and programs – rather than just the standard ones – to offset the impact of substandard housing, limited access to fresh, nutritious foods, and exposure to unsafe environments. This is equity: making sure that have what they need to achieve and maintain health and well-being.

Equality equals quantity, whereas equity equals quality. Equity refers to the qualities of justness, fairness, impartiality and even-handedness, while equality is about equal sharing and exact division. In a nutshell, if the person who already had the same chocolate before says that he/she would give their share to the person who is hungry, equity and equality would be achieved simultaneously!

 

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110 Comments » for Equality is not enough
  1. Jerusha Ann says:

    Amazing, you never fail to surprise 🙂

  2. Bhargi says:

    Intrigued!! Never thought of this before

  3. Usha Murali says:

    Well written. Bravo!

  4. Shahmeer says:

    Gud1 i like it

  5. Zara Rebello says:

    Well written. We need more people like you who not only understand this but also raise their voices for it.

  6. Muskaan says:

    Good Job Rashi!!

  7. Omair Solanki says:

    Well written

  8. Shiplake Dhenja says:

    This is so good, proud mother!

  9. hammody cj says:

    Awesome Miss you have done a great description on the word “equality” and the logic behind
    A great job Miss!!!

  10. Laetitia Reduron says:

    Such an interesting topic! You offer a point of view that needs to be taken more into account. Good work!

  11. Rajnikant says:

    Very nice Rashi, keep it up

  12. Nilesh Bosmiya says:

    Bravo Rashi,

    I did understand the concept of equity vs equality, but was never able to explain or express.

    You have meticulously explained it.

    Thank you indeed.

    Regards,
    Nilesh Bosmiya

  13. Sara Z. says:

    Good job Rashi, you never fail to amaze me. I really have a new perspective on equality and equity. Brilliant!

  14. Nikhar Jariwala says:

    I never knew the real differences, Thanks for clearing. I think this should be a mind opening concept which should be awarded and taken into consideration. This would be very helpful in solving bigger issues at a global level.

  15. Nikhar Jariwala says:

    Awared*

  16. Sarah says:

    Very nice job! When I was reading this it made me think of chemical equilibrium in the way that you can start out with different amounts of chemicals but when you reach equilibrium most of the time it is not “fare”. One has more chemicals then the other and yet they are considered to be in an equal state. I liked it a lot, very nice job!

  17. Manahil Khan says:

    Rashi, this was amazingg!!????

  18. Rajesh Kapadia says:

    Very nice Rashi.
    Well written.
    Keep it up

  19. Ashhar says:

    Awesome views on the topic and its the most simplified way anyone can explain it . I’ll be waiting for more writeups

  20. NAROTTAM CHoubey says:

    Really ! That’s great.
    Great job Rashi.

  21. Viraj Parthasarthy says:

    This essay is just amazing .I am now here still it is the best essay I have ever read.Hope you keep it up

  22. Omar says:

    Amazing article keep it up ????????????

  23. Jatin says:

    Yet again you show such immense maturity at a toung age by explaining the difference between the two words.

  24. Vaishali says:

    Nice…well written

  25. Oky Mikhael says:

    Equity is cool, good essay rashi ????

  26. Janvi Maniar says:

    Damn! This is really good. Nice one Rashi :))

  27. Sohan Choudhari says:

    Finesse! Well alligned conceptual draft that does nt take ur eyes away..!

  28. Sourav says:

    Well said. Now make what you say into reality.

  29. Aanchal kaur says:

    Awesome #Well written rashi ..

  30. Nimesh says:

    Very well written & explained.
    I am proud of you.

    Your papa

    Nimesh

  31. Laura says:

    Great job! 🙂

  32. Zeeshan says:

    Excellent view on the subject and well put up in simple words and example.

    Good work keep it up.

    Regards
    Zeeshan

  33. Vaibhav says:

    Awesome, great job✌️️

  34. Babeź… U stole my heart ????
    Appreciate ur thoughts ????
    Keep Rising !!!

  35. Asif Iqbal says:

    Awesome best writing

  36. Very well expressed and explained

  37. SHAMSHZAMA says:

    Superb appreciated agreed

  38. Saachi says:

    your views are really brilliant Rashi!

  39. Thisari Randunu says:

    I think it’s a really well written article and I agree with it 100%, great job!!

  40. Imran Ahmed says:

    Well written, I was waiting for someone to highlight these important and roaming ideas around us. And, I got to know that one of the global goals of UN is to have gender “equality” instead of equity. I wonder why do they have that goal instead of it being gender equity.
    Thanks

  41. kamlesh Madhu says:

    Very good…

  42. Nishith says:

    Well done rashi dikra

  43. Gaurav Valera says:

    Great..

  44. Farooq says:

    How I wish people could’ve understood that equity is more important is equality. Well written ????????

  45. Britney bong says:

    Great article ! This is very suitable for the current issues that we are having now. Anyway hope you win this and all the best !

  46. Pradeep Nehra says:

    Nice one, beautifully presented with admiring contents.

  47. Pious Dheniia says:

    Very Well Written!

    Congrats on 327 views! Not Bad

  48. Pious Dhenia says:

    Very Well Written!

    I always thought that what is the difference between equality and equity.

    Congrats on 327 views! Not Bad

  49. Pious Dhenia says:

    I always thought that what is the difference between equality and equity.

    Congrats on 327 views! Not Bad

  50. Dilshan Marasinghe says:

    One word: AMAZING!!! You sure know how to grab the readers attention Rashi. Keep up the amazing work!! 😀

  51. Singri Hamdi says:

    equity is the truth in action, respect ????

  52. Said Zakriti says:

    Well written Bravo !
    We need equity, not equality???????? Bravo really Cool

  53. HaHa Clinton-Dix says:

    In general terms and speaking in a basic sense, I side with Equity. However, it depends based on various situations. But in general, I side with Equity. Good job on the article and keep up the good work!

  54. Saptarshi Majumdar says:

    Nice job ! I am impressed!!

  55. Emilna Suzanne says:

    Amazing! Nice essay.

  56. Ria Tyagi says:

    good one Dudette!!

  57. Aditi Singh says:

    very impressive and well written

  58. Marium the best says:

    YOU GO GIRL!

  59. jyoti says:

    Nice Rashi ……… Well-done

  60. Ishita Desai says:

    Amazing Rashi! Great going !! Do continue writing, always there to support you!

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  62. Jumana khuzema says:

    Very well written

  63. Mukesh Prajapati says:

    Xlnt
    Keep it up
    Best wishes

  64. Sakshi Bora says:

    Great work Rashi!❤

  65. Harman Dhaliwal says:

    I think it is the best one…

  66. atiqah al_amudi says:

    Well written.keep it up!

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