The infrastructure is there for thought leaders to highlight obstacles facing women around the globe and proposing disruptive solutions. Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg has been a main architect in that.
But, the greater opportunity, hammers the current issue of The Economist, is to pay attention to the struggle of males, particularly working-class ones. Sure, the world of females is continually changing. But so is that of males in a global digital economy.
Their jobs are vanishing. Yet they are having an especially difficult time preparing for new ones. That's primarily because they lack higher education. Among other things, going to college trains us to problem-solve.
Thought leaders can start to make a difference if they get out there and listen to blue-collar men, both those who are still employed and those looking for work. What do they see themselves as needing to continue to be marketable to employers? And how can a society of scarcity provide that at low-cost? What could happen is the large-scale embrace of the community college as a resource for males in transition.