Equality means more than just knowing we are all the same; it infers that everyone is afforded the same opportunities. In the United States, we are fortunate to have many opportunities to better ourselves, our families, and society. Some of these opportunities include access to education, employment, and healthcare.
Education can be a gateway to climbing the social and economic ladder, but do all people have equal access to good schools and universities? After all, going to school costs money and takes time. Unfortunately, for some people, the immediacy of economic crises can override opportunities to invest in a better future.
Education often dictates the availability and access to jobs with higher salaries and better opportunities for career advancement. Higher wages often dictate an employee’s quality of life, determining where they can live, what type of housing they can afford, and the quality of education available to their children.
Financial earnings and the quality of their employers also directly affect the availability of good healthcare. Preventative healthcare, something out of the reach of many who lack monetary resources, can ensure a better quality of life and longer careers, even in physically demanding jobs. A lack of adequate healthcare can quickly cause a downward economic spiral by keeping people out of work, increasing the costs of basic health care, and by facing mounting medical and medication bills.
When you look at education, employment, and health care, it is evident that their relationship is very complex. Of course, these are just a few of the significant issues that play a role in the equality of a society’s citizens. There are likely dozens of factors that make finding viable solutions to creating equal opportunities a challenge that can stump even the keenest political thinkers and advocates.
For example, a person’s socioeconomic status will likely determine where they can live in a given city. This location, which is often based on the cost of living, can considerably impact one’s living conditions and the amount of funds government and private enterprises will spend towards improving the area. Geography can also determine the level of crime a person is likely to face during their lifetime, affecting their…