Beyoncé continues her quest of feminism. In an essay for Maria Shriver’s site, the 32-year-old singer pens a think piece on women’s role in America today.
“We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality It isn’t a reality yet,” she writes. “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.
Mrs. Carter has been taking a vocal stand for women’s rights recently, especially with her song “Flawless***” off her recently released self-titled visual album. In the song, she samples a quote from Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, where she says, “We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, ‘You can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful but not too successful.’”
Beyoncé joins the likes of former First Lady Hillary Clinton, Senator Kirstin Gillibrand, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Mayor Betsy Price, Eva Longoria and Lebron James, who have all contributed essays to The Shriver Report.
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