This question originally appeared on Quora: What is the best way parents can teach gender equality to their children? Answer by Gloria Steinem, writer, lecturer, political activist, and feminist organizer.
All of us, and especially children, do what we see far more than what we are told. So if children see equality and individuality at home—which includes men who raise and nurture children as much as women do—they will know that it’s possible for each person to be fully human, regardless of gender roles. This isn’t easy given a very gendered and unequal media, but parents have the advantage of being there in all five senses while the media only have two.
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