Beyoncé has written an open essay declaring that “gender equality is a myth”.
The Run the World (Girls) singer produced the article in response to The Shriver Report’s findings that “42 million women in the USA are either living in poverty or are on the brink of living in poverty”.
And it was clear that the mother-of-one had done her homework.
“We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn’t a reality yet,” the superstar wrote.
“Today, women make up half of the US workforce, but the average working woman earns only 77 per cent of what the average working man makes.”
The singer, who recently celebrated her daughter Blue Ivy’s second birthday with husband Jay Z, claimed that unless people speak up, nothing will change.
She not only encouraged women to demand bigger pay packets, but also called on men to demand higher wages for women too.
“Unless women and men both say this is unacceptable, things will not change,” Beyoncé added.
“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.”
The Halo singer believes that society’s view on women and their role is instilled in people from an early age.
And as a mother, Beyoncé believes we have to start telling children about equality as soon as possible.
“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,” Beyoncé explained in the essay.
“And we have to teach our girls that they can reach as high as humanly possible.”
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