Beyoncé Knowles-Carter is no stranger to fighting for women’s rights. She’s been a feminist icon since her days as a member of Destiny’s Child. On her latest album, she even included a speech on feminism from Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Now Bey has taken the cause one step further, penning an essay titled “Gender Equality is a Myth!”
All the ladies, single or otherwise, put your hands up!
The essay was written for The Shriver Report, which describes itself as “a multi-platform nonprofit media initiative led by Maria Shriver that seeks to modernize America’s relationship to women.”
If the name Maria Shriver sounds familiar, it’s probably because she used to be married to a certain “Governator.”
Of course, he ended up sleeping with the maid and ruining the marriage, but let’s get back to Beyoncé, who begins her essay by proclaiming, “We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn’t a reality yet.”
She goes on to cite the statistic that “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.”
Bey wraps up her essay on a particularly strong note,writing, “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.”
The entire speech can be found here.
Such an inspiration! On behalf of all women everywhere, I implore you to keep fighting the good fight, Beyoncé!
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