Beyonce writes article for e book on gender equality

Beyonce writes article for e book on gender equality

First she dropped an entire album out of the blue and now she is going all high brow and contributing to an e book on gender equality in America, you do have to hand it to that Mrs. Carter - aka Beyonce - she is full of surprises these days.

Despite the fact that she has said in the past that she personally is not a feminist, claiming; “That word can be very extreme” Beyonce contributed a piece to the book that will also feature opinions from probable US presidential candidate Hilary Rodham Clinton and actresses Eva Longoria and Jada Pinkett Smith.

The book is a written response to a recent Shriver Report (yes, it's run by Arnold's missus) that found that women are still not getting a fair shake in terms of gender equality and pay.

Want to see what B had to say? The article is reprinted in full below (don't worry, it's a very quick read.)

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.”

By the way, it might be worth noting that in 2013 Mrs Carter out-earned her hubby, making, according to Forbes, $55 million USD to Jay-Z's $42.
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