Beyoncé penned an essay stating her firm belief that it’s time for women to rise up and fight for true gender equality, but they need some help from men to achieve it.
The “Grown Woman” singer might be worth more money than some of her fans will ever see in a life time, but she still thinks women aren’t earning nearly as mush as they should. In a short article posted to The Shriver Report, Bey argued that ladies have yet to get their equal due in the work place, despite what many have been lead to believe.
We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn’t a reality yet,” Bey stated. “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.”
In Beyonce’s opinion, it’s on men to advocate for equality in support of the women in their lives. “Men have to demand that their wives, daughters, mothers, and sisters earn more—commensurate with their qualifications and not their gender,” she explained. “Equality will be achieved when men and women are granted equal pay and equal respect.”
Furthermore, She can’t understand the notion that men and women would ever need to work against one another before women can finally reach true equality. It’s an outdated idea that Beyonce believes needs to be re-examined because one could not exist without the other.
“Humanity requires both men and women, and we are equally important and need one another,” she wrote. “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.
Bey wrote in conclusion, “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.”