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This App Splits The Bill Based On How Privileged You Are

Feb 12, 2016

Imagine the amount you paid for things was directly related to your gender, racial, and other social privileges.

That's the idea behind Equipay, an app created out of a hackathon put on by technology education company Cultivated Wit called Comedy HackDay.

The app provides "reparations one meal at a time," by allowing "you and your friends to split the cost of a meal in accordance with gender and racial income inequalities," according to Eater.

It works like this: Users select their gender and race, and then split a bill based on gender and racial income inequality in the U.S. White women, for example, make about 78% of what white men make, while black men make about 75% of what white men make, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Thus, when splitting a bill via the app, women and other minorities would end up paying less than white men.

While it isn't a real app—yet—it's an excellent way of highlighting income inequality. Bravo to the team behind it!

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