Beyonce’s take on feminist issues in recent years is not only reflected in her music, but her words outside the booth as well. This time, Bey lends her dose of girl power to Maria Shriver’s “The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back From The Brink,” a collection of writings that aim to “modernize” and bring women’s issues to the American forefront.
For her “Gender Equality Is A Myth!” piece, the “Flawless” singer charges American men with the task of demanding that their “wives, daughters, mothers and sisters earn more” and that we demand 100% of the opportunities that our male counterparts receive.
Read Bey’s entire essay on the next page and click here to download The Shriver Report for free until January 15.
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“We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn’t a reality yet. Today, women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but the average working woman earns only 77 percent of what the average working man makes. But unless women and men both say this is unacceptable, things will not change. Men have to demand that their wives, daughters, mothers, and sisters earn more—commensurate with their qualifications and not their gender. Equality will be achieved when men and women are granted equal pay and equal respect.
Humanity requires both men and women, and we are equally important and need one another. So why are we viewed as less than equal? These old attitudes are drilled into us from the very beginning. We have to teach our boys the rules of equality and respect, so that as they grow up, gender equality becomes a natural way of life. And we have to teach our girls that they can reach as high as humanly possible.
We have a lot of work to do, but we can get there if we work together. Women are more than 50 percent of the population and more than 50 percent of voters. We must demand that we all receive 100 percent of the opportunities.”