Who runs the world?
Beyoncé says women still don't - yet. The Run the World (Girls) singer acknowledges there is work to be done to make things equal for women, and she explains why in a short essay titled Gender Equality Is a Myth!
"It (gender equality) isn't a reality yet," writes Beyoncé in the essay,
which is included in the annual Shriver Report on women and gender
equality. "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."
Beyoncé argues that people need to stop
believing we have reached gender parity and that it's time for men and
women to work together to make a difference.
"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," writes the mom to Blue Ivy Carter, who recently turned 2. "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," concludes Beyoncé.