Your thoughts and my experience suggest to me that perhaps it is males who face the challenge.Your attitude is rare and I thank you for it. Unfortunately social engineering starts early... and begins in the family. The societal expectations are there requiring us to submit to certain roles and really there is nothing wrong with it as long as that is what you want. But we do not get to choose do we? But this striving for equality is one sided. We celebrate a woman who took up woodworking, but what would happen to a man who decides to take up quilting? Both require equal amount of skill and creativity
In the following question I have my own opinion but would like to see others. Who do you think will, in general, will succeed? A man who quilts or a woman woodworker?
My issue is that defining “gender equality” is has to consider many more dimensions than are usually addressed. This particular topic is multi-dimensional and quantum mechanics may be able to teach us something. How about a vector describing “adaptability”? How about “visual” versus “concrete”? And many others.