An essay by Beyonce has just been released as part of the Shriver Report, which comes out annually. In the essay, B addresses gender equality and states that, at this moment, it is more of a myth. She also discusses how attitudes towards gender have been drilled into our head from the beginning.
“We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality,” Beyonce says in the piece, which is titled “Gender Equality Is A Myth.” “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…If women received pay equal to their male counterparts, the U.S. economy would produce $447.6 billion in additional income.”
Beyonce goes on to talk about how the numbers don’t quite match up when it comes to gender equality.
“We have a lot of work to do, but we can get there if we work together,” Beyonce adds. “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.”
Beyonce was also in the news recently for turning down Kim Kardashian and the opportunity to be a bridesmaid in her wedding. Check out more on that story HERE.