“Equity vs. equality” graphic  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

The “Equity vs. equality” graphic [1] is a graphic used to illustrate the difference between equality and equity. It depicts three people trying to watch a baseball game over the top of a fence. The people are different heights, so the shorter ones have a harder time seeing. In the first of two images, all three people have one crate to stand on. There is “equality” because everyone has the same number of crates. While this is helpful for the middle-height person, it is not enough for the shortest and superfluous for the tallest. In contrast, in the second image there is “equity” — each person has the number of crates they need to fully enjoy the game. The original image was by Craig Froehle. There have been many versions since. [2]

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