In our efforts to empower girls, it's important that we avoid inadvertently limiting them, or creating a false dichotomy. As Emma Watson said in her speech at the United Nations:
"It is time that we all see gender as a spectrum
instead of two sets of opposing ideals."
Yes, we still have a long way to go before there is gender equality around the globe. But, we won't get there any faster by hating on traditional gender roles, or telling girls what they should or shouldn't be. We will get their by supporting all young people in living authentically and by loving them unconditionally. We will get there by setting our children free to explore all the possibilities, to experiment, to show the world the outward expression of who they are on the inside, without shame or fear.
I love that girls do not have to choose between liking pink and cosplaying at Captain America. My daughter does both, and, as she pointed out, there is no gender limitation or restriction that applies to the rank of Captain. She doesn't need to be "Miss Captain America."