Prevalence of Inequality Worldwide

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The saying "everyone is born equal; some people are more equal than others" rings painfully true. Even in countries with laws in place to guarantee equality, individuals and sometimes, whole groups of people fall through the cracks. Gender, income, physical (dis)ability, ethnicity, and race are among the most notable issues that can affect a person's status in a society. In some countries, there is no pretense about being "born equal," for inequality is built into the very fabric of the society. These are the most glaring cases: countries that do not even buy into the premise of the statement, "everyone is born equal." In countries like Australia, everyone is theoretically born equal. Social norms have evolved to foster values of social justice and equity. Still, genuine equality remains a dream or outright myth. Among the groups most frequently discriminated against in Australia, women and the indigenous are perhaps the most systematically excluded from access to social capital, cultural capital, financial capital, and attendant forms of power and influence. The prevalence of inequality worldwide is severe and significant enough that the University of California (2007) in the United States maintains an atlas of global inequality. Analyzed along axes such as health care, income, and gender, the atlas presents a grim portrait of injustice worldwide. The atlas examines inequality between countries as well as within countries; the same net patterns tend to be visible either
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