It's both surprising and sad that, in today's day and age, we haven't made much progress in gender equality. I acknowledge that the human race has made plenty of incredible strides to close the gap but, as long as a gap exists, there are bridges to be built. Not everyone can take to the front lines to lobby policy creators and decision makers in the direction of equality, but it is possible for all those interested to start some change-making in their own kitchen. Because there are subtle ways to smash gender roles at home that will ripple out beyond the walls of your house.
Starting with your family, you can break down the stereotypes that feed the machine of gender norms. Talking about and modeling all the different expressions of an individual shows your children that the body you're born with doesn't polarize you to a set of activities, a certain career, or particular interests and personality traits. There is freedom in all these things, whether it has been considered "masculine" or "feminine" in traditional terms. You can create a safe place in your home where choices and desires are not fueled by anatomy and start to crush the gender roles that plague our culture.