The prosperous recording artist recently wrote an essay for The Shriver Report, a publication spearheaded by popular journalist Maria Shriver, which investigates the status of women in the U.S. and the societal struggles that come with being a part of their gender.
In her essay, “Gender Equality Is A Myth,” Beyonce shares personal thoughts on why she feels women aren’t treated the same as men, especially regarding employment. She also encourages men to stand up and demand equality for women and young ladies in the essay, among making other points surrounding the topic.
Check out an excerpt from Beyonce’s essay below. Click here to download the full literary work for free.
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.