EquiTable app splits the bill fairly, bridging the wage gap in the process
"Reparations one meal at a time." That's the concept behind a new app called EquiTable.
"We use an algorithm we like to call 'affirmative fractions,'" Luna Malbroux tells As It Happens host Carol Off. "What it does, basically, is calculate what people should owe based on the percentage of the US dollar they earn."
Luna Malbroux is a comedian and the chief equality officer of EquiTable. According to their website, the app,"helps you avoid the entrenched discrimination that exists in our society — it doesn't split the bill equally, it splits it equitably."
"You individually put in someone's race and someone's gender," Malbroux explains. "We only use those two things because those are the things that the Bureau of Labour Statistics are measuring."
Back in January, she pitched the app at Cultivated Wit's 2016 Comedy Hack Day. The event brings comedians and tech developers together to brainstorm. She won the competition.
"There's a lot of talk about the gender wage gap," Malbroux explains. "There's still, somehow, a debate about that and I thought an app that calculated based on the US dollar would be a really great way to demonstrate the inequity that happens when it comes to pay."
A protest feature allows users to challenge the calculation with a variety of excuses. The app will then provide statistics to counter the protest.