Equality, Equity, and Dignity

16 Pages Posted: 6 Feb 2019 Last revised: 18 Mar 2019

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Nancy E. Dowd

University of Florida Levin College of Law

Date Written: 2019


In this Essay I explore the definition and scope of children’s equality. I argue that equality includes equity and dignity. The meaning of each of these concepts is critical in imagining a deep, rich vision of equality, and in constructing policies to achieve that vision. This definition of equality creates affirmative rights, demands action to resolve structural discrimination that creates and sustains hierarchies among children, and requires affirmative support for children’s developmental equality.

Keywords: children’s rights, equality, equity, dignity, race

Suggested Citation

Dowd, Nancy Elizabeth, Equality, Equity, and Dignity (2019). Law and Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice, Vol. 37, No. 1, p. 1, 2019, University of Florida Levin College of Law Research Paper No. 19-11, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3329605

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