A monkey, an elephant, and a fish are asked to climb a tree to pass a test.
It’s the same tree and they have the same amount of time, so the challenge is equal, right?
But obviously the monkey is going to win because the test is not equitable.
𝗘𝗾𝘂𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆 means sameness; treating everyone the same and giving everyone the same thing.
Crucially, equality can only be achieved if everyone is starting from the same place and needs the same help.
While equality aims to promote fairness, it ignores differences and existing privilege, disadvantage, and discrimination.
𝗘𝗾𝘂𝗶𝘁𝘆 means everyone having access to the same opportunities and giving people what they need to have a chance of being successful.
It means levelling the playing field and creating genuine fairness, even though some may perceive it as being unfair.
Think diversity targets, quotas, scholarships, job or training opportunities, personalised learning, and special events.
We need equity first, so we can then have a chance at equality.
Leah Mether helps people get out of their own way with the development of soft skills (which are really hard). She is a speaker, trainer, facilitator and mentor.