When I first took office in 2014 I pledged to listen, learn and lead. It quickly became clear that leading on gender equity was essential to our City’s success. Not only is it the right thing to do, it is important to our economy as a whole and businesses’ bottom lines. Women make up the majority of our city, but like every city and most companies in the nation, women -- and especially women of color -- are underrepresented and underpaid in our workforce. To lead, we had to listen and learn from real data and business leaders.