There I sat in a non-descript ballroom in downtown Denver on a sweltering June day, listening to Hillary Clinton speak about the staggering inequalities women in the U.S. still face, while two blocks away, a man walked into the Colorado Recycling Association offices, shot his ex-wife multiple times and then fatally shot himself.
This past Tuesday, at the White House-convened United State of Women Summit, I was on energy overload. It was a day of inspiring speeches by on-the- ground trailblazers and the thrilling moment when President Obama called himself a feminist. Yet for me, the most exciting, kick-off news was this: The White House made visible its "Equal Pay Pledge".
It is all on you, ladies. It's your obligation to only work at places that treat people well. It's also on you to take to social media, or glassdoor.com, to say, "they treat people poorly." This is the glass ceiling to break, however, it's also on all of us to listen and withhold support and dollars from these companies.
There are four levers policymakers can pull to add steam to the machinery that makes the economy go. These levers maximize the intersection between the work women do, paid and unpaid, and economic prosperity, as documented by the Social Wealth Economic Indicators developed by the Caring Economy Campaign.