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How do we achieve gender equality?

I was look at a question on TED earlier today about the violent transfer of power, it turned into a debate about gender equality. So I decided to make a conversation where that actually fits. My questions are: What is gender equality? What do we need to do to reach gender equality? How will we reach it? I hope this generates some interesting ideas, answers, and discussions.

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Closing Statement from Erin Tuncan

Thank you all for your opinions and comments! I think we all learned something. There still isn't an answer yet, not that I expected there to be, but I believe that talks, like this one, are going to lead to the answer or answers. I may open this question again, so keep an eye out! Thanks again!

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    Feb 13 2012: Erin, to be completely honest with you, the fact that I was not born with a pair of ovaries leading to my lack of ability to bear children seems so darn unfair. In your opinion, what am I supposed to do about it?
    • Feb 13 2012: I think you are missing the point of my question. Im talking about things like women getting paid less than men in the work place in the US.

      P.S. Despite the name I am also a Male. This is not a self-rightous, feminist post.
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        Feb 13 2012: That's good to know. Perhaps narrowing down your topic to something like "how do we achieve equal pay for women and men in the workplace..." could have helped?

        On second thought, isn't it also the responsibility of the women themselves to ask for whatever they think their productivity and contribution are worth in the workplace in order to bring on real change in our society?

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