Girls may run the world, but Beyoncé is acknowledging the fact that they don’t have the paycheques to prove it.
Bey wrote an essay for The Shriver Report, a media initiative led by journalist and former California first lady Maria Shiver, that is destined to document and discuss societal trends that effect women.
“We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn’t a reality yet,” the singer writes in Gender Equality Is a Myth! from the 2014 special report entitled, A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back From The Brink, which can be downloaded for free until January 15th through the group’s website.
“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,” the Pretty Hurts singer writes, under the name Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. “But unless women and men both say this is unacceptable, things will not change.”
Beyoncé then writes a call of action suggesting that men join their wives, daughters, sisters and mothers in demanding equal pay for equal work. Mrs. Carter isn’t the only celebrity who’s participated in the project. Desperate Housewives actress Eva Longoria wrote an essay titled Empowering Latinas that is aimed to encourage educational opportunities for Latina women.
Actress Jennifer Garner wrote Turning Poverty Around: Training Parents to Help Their Kids and Jada Pinkett Smith wrote an essay on Human Trafficking and Slavery in the United States: You Don’t See the Chains. Miami Heat star LeBron James also wrote a piece titled America’s Working Single Mothers: An Appreciation.
These essays appear alongside the works of experts in the field such as Barbara Ehrenreich and public figures like Hillary Rodham Clinton, Idaho Governor C.L. Otter, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Ft. Worth Mayor Betsy Price.