Equality is primarily about establishing a society that is fair to all its members. It is not about economic equality as this appears unattainable but is concerned about providing the same treatment to everybody regardless of economic standing. Even so, it remains a tall order to achieve.
Many factors that have been embedded by society, practices, and traditions, often end up presenting obstacles to the attainment of equality. Gender, age, work positions, and money have exerted their own influence in how society looks at equality which can be very confusing. There is a need to focus on the universal meaning since personal meanings are typically subjective. Subjective interpretations always end up providing unequal treatment to those affected. It will always be in favor of one and to the detriment of another.
Equality is easier said than done, easier to legislate than to put in practice, and easier as a vision than a course of action. More than any form of equality, it is social equality that is often put to the test. This will in effect be equal rights under the law regardless of sex, race, origin, class, age, and sexual orientation. This will also include equality regardless of beliefs, religion, opinion, language, and state of health.
Perfect equality is nowhere to be found in the real world. It remains an elusive dream of people that has to be continuously worked for. There are simply too many biases to overcome and so many preconceptions to set aside before any comprehensive course of action can be formed towards true equality. Humans like talking about it but are rather slow on the action especially if they would be adversely affected by the change.
Politics is a very significant factor that prevents complete equality. As long as some people have more power to lead the decisions toward their end, there will be people who will have less. That is just the simple truth about equality.