The difference between equity and equality and why it matters

Every year on International Women’s Day, I reflect on how far women have come in the workforce compared to my mother’s generation and the advances I hope we will make by the time my children enter the workforce. In contemplating this year’s theme, “Embrace Equity”, I realized how much I have focused on equality in the past, so this felt like a timely opportunity to shift the narrative. I am passionate about DE&I and have invested significant time educating myself on this important topic – how had I not addressed gender equity? Do people understand the distinction between these related terms?

What is the difference between equity and equality?

While the terms equity and equality may sound similar, the implementation of one versus the other can lead to dramatically different outcomes  for marginalized people. Equality is about giving everyone the exact same resources and opportunities. Equity recognizes that each person or group has different circumstances and allocates the resources and opportunities needed to reach an equal outcome. In other words, equality is the end goal. Equity is how we get there.

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