Beyonce has written an essay arguing that we need to stop pretending that gender equality exists.
In an essay for The Shriver Report in response to the organisation’s findings that 42 million women in the USA are either living in poverty or are on the brink of living in poverty, she argues that men and women need to work together in order to achieve full gender equality.
“We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality,” she writes. “It isn’t a reality yet. 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. 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.”
“We have a lot of work to do,” she continues. “But we can get there if we work together. Women are more than 50 per cent of the population and more than 50 per cent of voters. We must demand that we all receive 100 per cent of the opportunities.”