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Is equality feasible and is it worth achieving? Subquestion: By your definitions, is equality synonymous with fairness?

This is an idea I recently fell upon while thinking about colleges and scholarships. I was wondering why I've been told (not actually witnessed) that minorities get a better chance of getting in college for being a minority. This was apparently an attempt to level the playing field and make things for equal for applicants. I realized that in their attempt to equalize the playing field, they made it unfair. What are your thoughts on this situation and any other equality situation? Do you think people should be going for fairness or equality, both, or are they essentially the same thing?


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    May 19 2013: women have always been the majority population but were vastly underrepresented in all places, other than the home. They entered the workplace during WWII when men were in short supply and it was not until the social unrest of the 60's did women really begin to fight for their rights. The Supreme Court upheld Roe v. Wade and there were many legislative actions taken to equalize women's rights. These women created a tidal wave which has now led to women being the majority in most universities and colleges in the USA. It is very difficult to separate the legal and legislative battles fought by women in the past with the advancements women now experience. So I woud argue that it was far from inevitable and that present numbers simply represent the actual sex ratio of the population in the USA.

    I can also argue this from an economic perspective which is how I did pursue this argument in my Master's Thesis.

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