We are the land of meritocracy, rugged individualism and equal opportunity.
"I never felt I didn't have equal opportunity as a woman," she says.
In paid jobs, they also tend to make less than men in equal jobs, and work predominantly in lower-paid fields.
late 14c., from Latin aequalis "uniform, identical, equal," from aequus "level, even, just," of unknown origin. Parallel formation egal (from Old French egal) was in use late 14c.-17c. The noun is recorded from 1570s.
1580s, "compare, liken," also "match, rival," from equal (adj.). Related: Equaled; equaling.