Beyonce has taken a pen to paper with her feelings on gender equality. In a new essay she wrote for Maria Shriver’s “The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back From the Brink”, Beyonce describes why she feels the issue of gender equality is important to everyone, no matter their gender.
The mother of Blue Ivy wrote, “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.”
She continued, “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.”
Shriver was beyond excited to have Beyonce contribute to her book. She said, “When a strong, successful and hardworking woman like Beyoncé lends her voice to a movement, people immediately listen. As a professional, Beyonce is at the top of her game, and yet, as she writes in the Shriver Report, gender equality in the workplace is still a concern. There is so much work to be done, and role models like Beyoncé reinforce why it’s such an exciting time to be a woman.”
Several other celebs showed their support for Shriver’s report including Eva Longoria, who wrote in support of Latinas, Jada Pinkett Smith wrote about human-trafficking, and Jennifer Garner talked about poverty and parenthood.
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