Here’s the missing link in the #MeToo movement

As leaders gather at Davos for the World Economic Forum, here’s a challenge: start measuring women’s contributions to the economy.
Data is sorely lacking when it comes how sexual harassment, unequal pay and the gender gap in sectors like STEM affect the global economy.
It’s time to change that equation.

With every new revelation of sexual harassment, we are left with more questions than answers. How did we get here? How do we ensure we never go back? How does harassment affect individual women? How does it affect society?

Recent articles suggest that the economic costs of harassment are staggering. But the data to prove the case ranges from patchy to nonexistent. And that in itself tells us something. We count the things we value, such as the Consumer Price Index, the unemployment rate, and batting averages. It’s clear that women’s contribution to the economy is not one of those things.

This week, the world’s leaders, CEOs, and philanthropists (including my husband) are meeting in Davos, Switzerland at the World Economic Forum. I have a request for them: take concrete steps and develop a plan during your four-day conference to fill these data gaps.

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