equal opportunities

GC: n

S: EZA – http://www.eza.org/fileadmin/system/pdf/2007_12_Elewijt_en.pdf (last access: 22 April 2013); EOC – http://www.eoc.wa.gov.au/AboutUs/TheEqualOpportuntiyAct.aspx (last access 3 September 2014).

N: 1. – equal (adj): Late 14c., “identical in amount, extent, or portion;” early 15c., “even or smooth of surface,” from Latin aequalis “uniform, identical, equal,” from aequus “level, even, flat; as tall as, on a level with; friendly, kind, just, fair, equitable, impartial; proportionate; calm, tranquil,” which is of unknown origin. Parallel formation egal (from Old French egal) was in use late 14c.-17c. Equal rights is from 1752; by 1854 in American English in reference to men and women. Equal opportunity (adj.) in terms of hiring, etc. is recorded by 1925.
– opportunities (npl): From “opportunity”, late 14c., from Old French opportunite (13c.) and directly from Latin opportunitatem (nominative opportunitas) “fitness, convenience, suitableness, favorable time,” from opportunus “fit, convenient, suitable, favorable,” from the phrase ob portum veniens “coming toward a port,” in reference to the wind, from ob “in front of; toward” + portus “harbor”.
2. Principle of non-discrimination which emphasizes that opportunities in education, employment, advancement, benefits and resource distribution, and other areas should be freely available to all citizens irrespective of their age, race, sex, religion, political association, ethnic origin, or any other individual or group characteristic unrelated to ability, performance, and qualification.
3. Equity or equality? Equality has become synonymous with “leveling the playing field.” and equity synonymous with “more for those who need it.”

S: 1. OED – https://www.etymonline.com/word/equal#etymonline_v_8806; https://www.etymonline.com/word/opportunity#etymonline_v_7083 (last access: 28 October 2018). 2. BD – http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/equal-opportunity.html (last access: 3 September 2014). EDT – https://edtrust.org/the-equity-line/equity-and-equality-are-not-equal/ (last access: 28 October 2018).


CR: ecofeminism, integration, patriarchy, racial discrimination, racial segregation.