“We Need To Stop Buying Into The Myth:” Beyonce Writes Essay On Gender Inequality For The Shriver Report

January 13, 2014  |  

 

We can officially say Beyonce is where she wants to be financially now that she’s ready to speak her mind. After releasing her fifth album with no marketing, the Queen has made another surprise move that could make corporations even more uncomfortable. In The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink, Beyonce writes a very frank gender and development piece on income equality. In the first sentence of her prose, the singer states:

“We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn’t a reality yet.”

She continued:

“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. 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.”

The purpose of The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink is to ask citizens of the United States serious questions such as:

“Why are millions of women financially vulnerable when others have made such great progress? Why are millions of women struggling to make ends meet even though they are hard at work? What is it about our nation—government, business, family, and even women themselves—that drives women to the financial brink? And what is at stake?”

The examination of these questions will delve into the detailed cultural programming Americans accept. For example, more women work outside the home but earn less than their male counterparts. Despite the patriarchal notion of a man leading the household unit, women usually lead the operations of their household and more women are earning higher education so they may become a part of the middle class.

Entertainers, athletes , fashion designers and politicians  who have also offered their thoughts to The Shiver Report, include Jada Pinkett Smith , Eva Longoria, Lebron James, Tory Burch, Maria Shriverand Hilary Rodham Clinton. To read more of Beyonce’s essay, download The Shriver Report here. It will be free until January 15.

What do you think of Bey’s essay?

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