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“It Isn’t A Reality Yet.” Beyoncé pens essay on Gender Equality Not existing

beyonce-knowles-beyonce-attending-a-screening-celebrating_4005423Beyoncé has shown her passion for femininity in an essay she penned on the issues with gender equality regarding the pay check, as she asks, “Why are we [women] viewed as less than equal?”

The pop star ditched the recording studio as she got all serious in writing an essay regarding gender equality. The 32 year-old can be viewed as a feminist performer through her hit tracks of ‘Single Ladies’ and ‘Run This World (Girls)’ which basically convey the empowerment of women.

However, Beyoncé may sing about it, but she believes gender equality is non-existent when it comes to the pay check.

The essay, published in The Shriver Report, is titled ‘Gender equality is a myth!’ and is part of a 2014 special report called ‘A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back From the Brink.’

Bey expresses her view on the difference between a male and female’s income, citing cooperation between genders is the only solution to reach equality. The Grammy-Award winner opens the article strongly by stating:

“We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn’t a reality yet.”

She continues with:

“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.”

“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.”

Beyoncé also included a feminist message from writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on the track ‘Flawless’ on her recent self-titled album. As a successful recording artist, Beyoncé is seen as a symbol of female empowerment and wants to inspire young people to follow her and stand up for their rights.

The wife of Jay-Z concludes by suggesting today’s society has “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,” she adds.

There are other high-profile names attached to the report, with a piece by actress Jennifer Garner on poverty issues facing families, and an essay called Empowering Latinas by Eva Longoria. Other contributors include sports star LeBron James, who opens up about his mother’s struggles when he was a child in a piece called ‘America’s Working Single Mothers’, and Jada Pinkett Smith on human trafficking.

‘The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink’ was available to download for free until Wednesday (15.01.13).

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