Quick: who can explain the difference between equity and equality? The difference between these two almost-identical words is so often overlooked when considering certain cultural misconceptions: affirmative action is racist; or feminism is misandry. OBVIOUSLY, BOTH OF THOSE STATEMENTS ARE FALSE. False false false. (Seriously, if I hear another Hollywood starlet say something along the lines of, "Oh, I'm not a feminist; I don't hate men!" I'm going to pull a Britney circa 2007 and
Three girls, three different heights.
They all want to see over the fence, but only the tallest girl is able to. Oh no!
Equality would be giving them all the exact same help - such as three identical stools. But as you can see, that doesn't help the shortest girl, and even the girl in the middle can't see much.
That is to say, equality focuses on equal input.
Equity, however, makes sure that each girl has the same view, even if it means the shortest girl gets the most resources (like the stepladder).
Equity focuses on equal output.
With equity, all the girls have the same view. Yay! Success!
Now, I'm no artistic genius. (Not even close.) However, I think that explaining these misconceptions is the best way to move forward in a culture which revels in misunderstanding, self-righteousness, and confusion (present company not accepted, unfortunately).
This came up during our inaugural Barazia Gjinore committee meeting with the new members from group 17. "Barazia" could technically translate to either equity or equality (and Peace Corps Washington is very vague on differentiating the two, and continues to refer to this PC-wide committee by its old name, Gender and Development, in many cases) but we have decided to unilaterally use "equity" in our name. The gender gap here cannot be addressed simply by educating women - as ignoring men in the process is not only irresponsible, but potentially harmful - but they need a huge leg up. A head start. A step ladder.
Thanks to all y'all from whom I stole the party pics: Jon, Gene, and Erin!