Beyonce has contributed a new essay to an eBook focussing on gender inequality in the United States.
From the beginning of her career, Beyonce has been the model of an independent woman. Yet the global icon has rarely been so explicit in her beliefs, so forthright in her opinions as on her new, self-titled, album.
With 'Beyonce' winning widespread acclaim - not least this 9/10 review right here on Clash - the singer has been invited to contribute an essay to a new eBook.
A Woman's Nation has published the third instalment of The Shriver Report, a study which focusses on gender inequality in the United States. Contributors include Hillary Rodham Clinton, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and many more, with the publication available to download for free on Amazon’s Kindle and Kindle App until January 15th.
Beyonce's contribution is titled 'Gender Equality Is A Myth!' and the following extract appears on The Shriver Report website.
"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."
Download the third instalment of The Shriver Report for free HERE.