Here's another reason to love Beyoncé. Our favourite feminist popstar has been putting her credentials to good use contributing to the new book The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back From The Brink. The book has been compiled by journalist Maria Shriver in collaboration with the Centre For American Progress in the US to chart the status of women today. As well as B, the book also features contributions from Sheryl Sandberg, Hillary Clinton, Jada Pinkett Smith and Eva Longoria. Beyonce's essay Gender Equality Is A Myth makes for interesting reading. We've read it so you don't have to. Here are the highlights...
Equality Is A Lie: “We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn’t a reality yet.”
Pay Is Not Equal: “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.” She adds that: “men have to demand that their wives, daughters, mothers and sisters earn more – commensurate with their qualifications and not their gender…These are old attitudes drilled into us from the very beginning. Humanity requires both men and women, and we are equally important and need each other.”
Ideas About Equality Begin As Children: “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.”
...But There's Hope: "We have a lot of work to do, but we can get there if we work together."
Check out the full essay here.