level the playing field

level the playing field

to give everyone the same advantages or opportunities It was an effort to level the playing field and achieve greater equality between the sexes. Government funding can level the playing field for political candidates without money.
Related vocabulary: have a fighting chance
Etymology: based on a comparison with a sports competition played on a field that is not level, putting one side at a disadvantage
See also: field, level, play
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The seven Republicans who didn't make the cut tonight may be really great candidates, but they can forget about being president -- just like that," said Cara Brown McCormick, President and CEO of Level the Playing Field, an organization pushing to open up the fall 2016 final debates to an independent candidate.
And in a bid to level the playing field they have changed the way money is distributed to councils.
The sentiment of the legal/divorce community was that there should be legislation to level the playing field between the economically disadvantaged spouse (almost always the wife) and the other spouse--and while we are at it to also level the playing field between the lawyer and the client.
We need to level the playing field to give all businesses the best chance to compete.
The obvious question, once we level the playing field to include the choices of stay-at-home mothers, is what other groups and choices deserve such accommodation?
The legislation may become a blueprint for other states looking to level the playing field for those seeking contracts.
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Business Process Outsourcing will eventually level the playing field and create a commonality with outsourced services.
Gail Fawcett, CCSD Senior Researcher and the author of the study, says the results "suggest that unions help to level the playing field for male workers with disabilities, but unionized women with disabilities lag far behind," even though "unionization appears to pull them out of the really low levels of earnings, but few make it to the upper income brackets.
These rules exist to level the playing field for U.
Enlist the government to level the playing field on corporate tax rates.
This legislation will help level the playing field for all political candidates.
The purpose of matching funds in city politics is to level the playing field - not to subsidize big spenders like Smith.