For me, I would not wear pants to church to make a political statement about gender equality in the LDS church. WE ARE ALREADY EQUAL. Doctrinally, this church is so awesome about views on women, men, and their unstoppable power as a team. Our bodies are built with different parts and different strengths, not to divide us, but unite us. To give us power. To help us show love. To accomplish amazing things together that could never be done separately. Have you read this article? Do it now; it will change your life.
While I think men are cool, and I respect (and am attracted to) their manness, I have no desire to be a man, or even be like a man. BEING A WOMAN IS AWESOME. I like what my body looks like and is capable of. I like the instincts and emotions that come naturally to me because of my genetic makeup.
And though completely different from men, women are equally smart and equally important. There is no question that God loves us just as much as men and that we are vital to the plan of Salvation. The Gospel celebrates this fact!
The problem is that often people get confused about the “ROLES” of woman. Nowhere in the Proclamation to the World does it say that women must nurture their offspring by … (fill in the blank). Likewise, it is up to each individual woman to use her unique strengths/talents to find the best way to nurture her family. There is not just one way to be a wife, mother, a woman. We are all different and trying to confine a woman to one specific role can only breed unhappiness. And that is the anti-purpose of life. WE ARE MEANT TO BE HAPPY!
Yes, I think that some people, some of whom are Mormon, are confused about the roles of women. Yes, I believe that the social constructs, not the doctrinal constructs, of the church could use a little tweaking. But the main reason I want to wear pants is to say that I can be a good wife, mother, woman, and disciple of Christ in a way that is unique and special.
It really has nothing to do with pants at all.