We all know that, in general, women earn 77 cents to every dollar men earns. While most accept this unfairness as a fact of life, the city of Boston is considering a measure to close that gap. Companies will be asked to take three steps:

1. Companies must open their books to access their own wage data.

2. They will then choose one of three strategies to improve wage equity.

3. Then they will share their wage data anonymously so the city can measure progress.

The entire program is voluntary, so, all in all, it is a tepid response to a gross inequity; but when other cities are doing little if anything to address the issue, at least it is a start.