The Importance of Social Equity

The Preamble of the United States is an introduction to the values and rights we expect our country to uphold.  You’re probably asking “So what?”  Well, if we look at the Preamble, we’ll see that the foundation of our society is  social equity .  Social equity  is the “fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people, while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups.”  The words used to describe the liberties expressed in the Preamble are verbs such as  “establish” ,  “insure” ,  “provide” ,  “promote”  and  “secure” . You see, social equity is not just a noun, but it’s an action; an action that should be a top priority within this country, and within our specific communities. It is crucial to the sustainability of our government, our workplaces, our lives.  Even so, there are institutions that lack in social equity. Because social equity deals with all that is just and fair, without it the Scales of Justice are skewed, leaving many social groups, especially those in marginalized communities with no access to the services they  need .  A lack of social equity in any sector can affect the decisions we make. When you think about how many services depend on the success of social equity (services that directly impact the well-being of our lives) such as school funding, and the access to healthcare, it makes us eager to make sure those scales never began to tip.  In the article,  “Why Equality and Fairness Matters,”  Laura Mahoney looks at Australia’s government and how they deal with equity. She states that a society that  actively  practices social equity, improves the  liveability, productivity, and confidence  of the people within that society.  When we are in a society that gives us access to the means to succeed up front, instead of being in “social and economic disadvantage”, as Mahoney puts it, people will feel more comfortable to be involved.  This is when a change will begin.  If diversity is inviting someone to the dinner party, and inclusion is saving them a seat at the table, then equity would be making sure they get the same amount of food as all the party guests.  Quirky, yes, but this is something that we are yet striving for. Without social equity, power and privilege are distributed unevenly, which can lead to communities feeling powerless.  We don’t want anyone within our communities feeling powerless or “hungry” for more food, we want our community members feeling “full”, and powerful to go out and create change!

The Preamble of the United States is an introduction to the values and rights we expect our country to uphold.

You’re probably asking “So what?”

Well, if we look at the Preamble, we’ll see that the foundation of our society is social equity. Social equity is the “fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people, while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups.”

The words used to describe the liberties expressed in the Preamble are verbs such as “establish”, “insure”, “provide”, “promote” and “secure”. You see, social equity is not just a noun, but it’s an action; an action that should be a top priority within this country, and within our specific communities. It is crucial to the sustainability of our government, our workplaces, our lives.

Even so, there are institutions that lack in social equity. Because social equity deals with all that is just and fair, without it the Scales of Justice are skewed, leaving many social groups, especially those in marginalized communities with no access to the services they need.

A lack of social equity in any sector can affect the decisions we make. When you think about how many services depend on the success of social equity (services that directly impact the well-being of our lives) such as school funding, and the access to healthcare, it makes us eager to make sure those scales never began to tip.

In the article, “Why Equality and Fairness Matters,” Laura Mahoney looks at Australia’s government and how they deal with equity. She states that a society that actively practices social equity, improves the liveability, productivity, and confidence of the people within that society.

When we are in a society that gives us access to the means to succeed up front, instead of being in “social and economic disadvantage”, as Mahoney puts it, people will feel more comfortable to be involved.

This is when a change will begin.

If diversity is inviting someone to the dinner party, and inclusion is saving them a seat at the table, then equity would be making sure they get the same amount of food as all the party guests.

Quirky, yes, but this is something that we are yet striving for. Without social equity, power and privilege are distributed unevenly, which can lead to communities feeling powerless.

We don’t want anyone within our communities feeling powerless or “hungry” for more food, we want our community members feeling “full”, and powerful to go out and create change!

Sometimes The Gift You Give Yourself Is The Most Important Gift Of All

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Hi all! Maranda here--The holiday season is approaching, and for most of us, that means a lot of cleaning, cooking, and general hurriedness to make everything perfect for the holidays.

While this time is spent with families and friends, people also associate it with--you guessed it--money. The day after we gather to celebrate what we are thankful for, we all collectively rush out in search of the best deals. It’s pretty well known that the holidays now are synonymous with giving and taking; and that we spend almost as much time giving thanks to our shopping bags as we do to our family and friends.

But once the hustle and bustle of the holidays are over, and the tinsel is taken down, and all the presents have been unwrapped, you might be left feeling like you haven’t gained much for you. Self-care is extremely important, but there are all different types of self-care that don’t come in the form of retail therapy.

I urge you to think about investing in something a little more long term this holiday season--yourself.

It is totally great to treat your family or friends to cute gifts, or give that special someone a gift you’ve been saving up for, but think about a way to treat yourself that doesn’t end once the fairy lights are taken down. Wouldn’t investing in yourself and learning about how to actually work towards those resolutions you make for yourself each year be a great gift for yourself?

And one of the best parts of investing in yourself is that you and the ones you love will appreciate the long term impact. Investing and spending time on growth and goals is a gift that keeps on giving. From now until 12/31, I am offering a coaching special of $299 for individuals who book three (3) 45-minute coaching sessions with me on or before 12/31!  Coaching sessions can be scheduled throughout January and February of 2019.

And wishing everyone happy holidays as well--come ring in the New Year with me!

Click here for more details!

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