Ask random people about the state or quality of being equal and you will likely see more blank stares than hints of understanding or enthusiasm about the topic. Not that you can blame them. Equality is right alongside injustice and other concepts that not many people think about much unless something happens that affects them personally. Whether you are looking for information or merely curious about equality, here are some books worth reading on the topic.
1. Inequality and the 1% by Danny Dorling
Why read it: This book explores the huge gap between the richest 1% and the rest. It examines not just the economic inequality but also the potentially damaging effects it has on our society.
2. The Equality Effect by Danny Dorling
Why read it: While some countries continue down the path to inequality for varied reasons, there are others that challenge prevailing assumptions that nothing can be done in curbing it. Despite the challenges of globalization, some countries have shown that striving to be more equal is achievable and how it creates a positive impact on everyone who gets to enjoy it.
3. The Equality Illusion: The Truth about Women and Men Today by Kat Banyard
Why read it: Despite the giant strides women from around the world have made, gender equality remains to be one of the biggest social justice issues today. This book provides insights into feminism and the various challenges women in dealing with sexism and other gender related problems.
4. The Price of Inequality: How Today’s Divided Society Endangers Our Future by Joseph Stiglitz
Why read it: The Price of Inequality takes a look into the chilling effects of inequality, not just on the economy but on people’s way of life.