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Why equity? Why not equality? Equity is fair treatment, equality is equal treatment. If you start from a place of disadvantage and are then treated equally to a person with advantage, you perpetuate and ultimately grow the gap between the two of you. You need equitable measures first to close that gap and get everyone to a level playing field. If you are a woman in business, odds are you have been and/or are subject to micro-aggressions and maybe even overt discrimination that negatively impact your career in some way. Whether it be overly protective paternal treatment or more systemic discrimination, it has an impact. If then suddenly the tides turn and now you are given an opportunity to compete equally for something, you are still operating from a baseline that has been disadvantaged. This is why it is so critical to infuse equitable measures all along the way to strip out bias from women’s career experiences. It is the only way to ensure we can compete fairly. | Fairygodboss
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