Many have the opinion, to achieve equality, we need to have the same number of variables: gender, race, religion, etc…
But is this the path to true equality?
I believe before we can reach true equality, we have to eliminate prejudice. There are two types of prejudice, negative and positive. Always unfavourable, negative prejudice stems from ignorance, from an opinion that is not based on reason or fact. Positive prejudice, on the other hand, is, at best, condescending.
I believe positive prejudice to be the worse of the two. Nonetheless, they are two sides of the same coin, PREJUDICE.
So, where is equality in all of this?
As a female working in the predominately male technology industry for decades, and as a Persian growing up in an Anglo-Saxon environment, I have had many first-hand experiences of both types of prejudice throughout my life.
Focusing on numbers, as many are doing, is the cowards’ way forward. Short-term it will appear to be addressing the problem, but in reality, it’s only creating a new, yet different, wave of inequality.
My experiences have taught me that, equality doesn’t lie in numbers. Rather, it comes from learning to be BLIND and FOCUSED.
Being BLIND to what’s not important and being FOCUSED on essentials of the objective.
Nothing can undo my past. But if I display prejudice towards others, I show that I have learned nothing from my own experiences and that will be an unbearable thought.
Wishing there would be more blind focus on equality,
Sally M Solaymantash