The 'Equipay' App Splits Bills According to Race and Gender

By: Katherine Pendrill - Feb 24, 2016
References: equipayup & munchies.vice
'Equipay' is a new app that helps diners split restaurant bills fairly by taking account of race and gender wage gaps. Unlike other restaurant apps, Equipay delivers a powerful message about the pay inequalities experienced by both women and people of color.

Equipay was developed by comedian Luna Malbroux during this year's Comedy Hack Day event. The app works by splitting restaurant bills according to invisible pay inequalities. The calculations are made based on Bureau of Labor Statistics data that identifies how much less women and people of color make in comparison to white men.

While the product can be used in real life, the idea behind the app is largely to address the issue of pay inequalities. The app even allows users to share their bills on social media to raise awareness about the problem of unequal pay for equal work.