Beyonce recently penned an essay about gender equality for the Shriver Report, a media initiative led by journalist and former first lady of California Maria Shriver, that documents the influence cultural trends have on American women. The 2014 special report, “A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back From The Brink”, examines the financial insecurity among women and the impact it has on the economy.
Read Beyoncé’s essay below.
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.
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.