But, there's a growing army of both women and men determined to tip the scale.
Today, at the Clinton Global Initiative forum, I moderated a panel with three of them: Queen Rania of Jordan; Muhtar Kent, CEO of Coca-Cola; and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the president of Liberia.
All of them said women can help solve the economic problems of the world. And here's how: Get them to school. Keep them there. That will delay marriage and childbirth and make a young woman more skilled and employable.
And once she is, she'll reinvest roughly 90 percent of her income back into her family and community while her male counterparts invest only 30 percent.
Changing attitudes may take generations. But we have to start somewhere...because a girl's mind...and potential is a terrible thing to waste.
That's a page from my notebook.
I'm Katie Couric, CBS News.