on an equal footing

idiom

: in conditions where everyone has an equal chance
making it possible for poor children to compete on an equal footing with other children

Examples of on an equal footing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a draft of the farewell, penned one month prior to Eisenhower’s speech, Moos and Williams made two references to engineers and engineering, placing both the occupation and the activity on an equal footing with scientists and science. IEEE Spectrum, 5 Jan. 2011 Signe Lund’s greatest ambition, according to her diaries, was to have her work be recognized and appreciated on an equal footing with that of male composers. Stephen Cox, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Mar. 2024 This tax disparity puts Canadian teams at a disadvantage, hampering their ability to secure star players to bring them to Canada and compete on an equal footing. Andy J. Semotiuk, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 Another regulation nearing completion would put ecosystem protection on an equal footing with energy development — one more effort to strike the right balance between clean power and conservation on federal lands. Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 1 Feb. 2024 This move lifted the ban, putting China on an equal footing with these nations. Robert Hormats, Fortune, 30 Jan. 2024 Aim to create a space where everyone, from the newest intern to the seasoned executive, can pitch their ideas on an equal footing. Daniyal Zafar, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 China is still far from being able to compete with Western technologies on an equal footing. Foreign Affairs, 3 Nov. 2023 These new technologies, the skeptics suggested, put small firms on an equal footing with big ones. Barry Eichengreen, Foreign Affairs, 6 Sep. 2022

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“On an equal footing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/on%20an%20equal%20footing. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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