EquiPay is a soon-to-launch app that takes income inequalities into account when splitting bills among large parties.
“For centuries, women and people of color have worked day in and day out only to be burdened by unequal pay for equal work,” Malbroux said.
The idea behind EquiPay is to split the check equitably, not equally. EquiPay “developed a complex algorithm that takes into account history,” Malbroux said. It takes income data from the U.S. Department of Labor and splits the bill based on racial and gender income differences.
For instance, if a black woman were out for dinner with a white man and a white woman, the white man would pay the most, and the black woman would pay the least.
To give it a twist, the app allows individuals to protest against the split with a series of excuses like, “I’m unconventionally unattractive,” “I’ve spent $400 on improv classes,” and “I’m aware of my privilege.” When selecting “this isn’t an issue anymore,” the app will proceed to display stats on the wage gap.
This seems to be a great idea for the underprivileged, but creators of EquiPay have found a way to attract the attention of privileged white collars as well.
“We at EquiPay know people love social recognition for being socially conscious, so we’ve created a share feature,” Malbroux said.
Malbroux’s goal is not to make money— she is more excited to see what will come from this socially conscious creation.