Beyoncé Demands Gender Equality in Feminist Essay

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Beyoncé is standing up for women everywhere. The “XO” singer has penned a letter for Maria Shriver’s annual Shriver Report in which she speaks out on gender equality. In the short essay titled “Gender Equality Is a Myth!” Bey addresses the “unacceptable” differences in earnings between men and women.

While she may sing about girls running the world, she points out that the average woman earns only 77 percent of what their male counterparts make.

She demands for change and looks forward to the day when men and women receive equal pay and respect.

This is not Bey’s first foray into feminism. She sampled an excerpt from Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED talk on her girl power anthem “***Flawless” off her latest album.

Read Bey’s feminist manifesto below.

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.



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46 Comments

  1. brilli

    beyonce — your vocabulary is impeccable for having a 5th grade education.

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    FormerlyFromTokyo Reply:

    @brilli, Go play in your sandbox with the rest of the children. Clearly you’re not equipped to discuss adult issues.

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    brilli Reply:

    @FormerlyFromTokyo, mmmm you must be on her payroll…

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    King Fierce Reply:

    @brilli, All this hate and yet you start you sentence with no capital letter and used a dash instead a comma. Take a fucking nap.
    /-)

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    brilli Reply:

    @King Fierce, your comment makes me sleepy… NEXT!

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    King Fierce Reply:

    @brilli, haha did you not read my comment? And clearly it got to you seeing as you’re responding.
    #turnover
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    brilli Reply:

    @King Fierce, you’re still “talking” i see… bark up another tree…

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    From France Reply:

    @brilli, ahahaha !! You killed me .. Somebody wrote or for her !!

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    WELL Reply:

    @brilli,
    But what does her education have to do anything with standing up for what you believe is right?
    Ooh you poor soul… your drowning in debt with your college loans and she is worth millions with a “5th grade education”.

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    NuBLOSSOM Reply:

    @WELL, she obviously suggesting that Bey did not write the letter….duh.

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    brilli Reply:

    @WELL,

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    brilli Reply:

    @WELL, isn’t that a sad thought though? teachers, fire fighters, policemen, the military… those are my heroes. they should be getting the millions

    and you are as shallow as a kiddie pool… lo siento.

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  2. Good, now...

    No problem here, but I would like also equality between the races as far as pay goes. In some places (including where I am originally from), a black male makes less than a Caucasian one for doing the same job.

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  3. meme

    reaching lol

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    King Fierce Reply:

    @meme, no that’s what Rihanna is doing with that new desperate ass single of hers.
    /-)

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  4. Raven-Symone

    I can’t take her “essays” seriously. Stop complaining you’re worth more than me and my unborn children.

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    Chloé Magnolia Reply:

    There’s a substantial difference between advocating for gender equality and complaining.

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  5. John

    I think she is a stupid idiot. Like if women make up 50% of the workforce who the hell is raising your children that you only know for what 6 hours a day if even that. Then wonder why you dont know them or why they hate you. Then complain about a man not taking care of his family when women want a penis and a vigina at the same time. I mean ur kids are in relationships before they are even 18 looking for love thats not there. Clearly no one wants to fix the real issues in the world. You think because you have money you are so smart please.. Same as all the illegals stealing jobs here. We need real change.

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    Marii Reply:

    @John, Must really be hurt by something that happened to you in the past. It’s ok Simba. The hurt you’re facing will end.

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  6. freshed

    Bey, i love you but i c u been on your “ciara” tip like no other lately.

    Didn’t Ciara Just write a note the other day?

    Ciara’s 5th album self-titled, I c BEY took notes.

    Im not even going to mention the partition/body party video or the hair cut. smh. I dont want to spark a war but as fans of them both, you can’t deny they similarities.

    Both ladies are dope af and are flawed out to be equivalent, I just had to speak my mind.

    Stans coming in…
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    Ro Reply:

    @freshed, MOTHATFUCKA BEE ALL DAY MOFO HOW CAN YOU SAY THAT **** YOU PIECE OF **** !!!!! ……. Lol I just wanted to give you what you were looking for. I don’t even know what you guys are talking about. How are you people? I love you all

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    CurtisDonDeano Reply:

    @Ro, #beySTANHERE but lol, I peeeeped the same thing, Bey ( even tho she’s always done video anthologies, Ci did that with this album too)

    Bey smart though, she knows that its not always about creativity…but execution.

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    Kathleen R Gorman Reply:

    @freshed, This is so true. I am a woman looking for a job for the last year. I also have been in the unions for twenty years.And yes men are the ones that get the jobs..The women only get sent out when the job requires it.. Only Massachusetts does this for all of there bridges. No other state does this.

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  7. Deidre

    Big Beyonce fan, however, this I write better than her lol. She is amazing …. ONSTAGE.

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    Deidre Reply:

    @Deidre, *forget the “this”

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    King Fierce Reply:

    @Deidre, clearly you don’t write better than her. Take a page out of her book and read what you write before you hit send lol.
    #whatgoesaroundcomesaround
    /-)

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  8. tony

    A woman who makes more than me would look at me funny if I didn’t the bill on the first date though. Double standard.

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  9. Denis

    Swear she made more money that Jay,why she complaining

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  10. King Fierce

    Well written, but I don’t know where this is going……
    /-)

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  11. CurtisDonDeano

    PPL ARE SO STUPID, SHE IS USING HER PLATFORM FOR SOMETHING POSITIVE. JUST COMMEND HER.

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  12. anf1213

    First of all I have issues with this because she is black above anything. Race equality is what she should be focused on above gender equality. She was quiet as a church mouse when George Zimmerman walked free. Secondly, why the fuck she so worried about gender equality and women being equal when she’s up on stage night in and night out half naked, shaking her ass for cash. At the end of the day she’s a strippa who dances to her own music. Find a different cause Bey, your way outta your league and reek of hypocrisy.

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    Adrian Reply:

    @anf1213, You are stupid, on so many levels. Just because she’s a black woman does not mean she must be one of those fools who scream EVERYTHING is RAAAACIST. Do you know how many people she would have alienated if she said a mumbling thing about the Zimmerman verdict, BESIDES encouraging people to protest via NAACP & the DOJ? She’s an entertainer, not a fucking role model. She shakes her ass for ENTERTAINMENT. If she were so irrelevant to you, you wouldn’t be pressed and in your feelings like shit. At the end of the day, she’s a millionaire with a hell of a voice, fanbase, is beautiful and dances her ass off while you sit on yours and hate. You, my dear, are JEALOUS.

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  13. Jay Scorpio Navy General

    Beyonce just cause you rubbed shoulders with the First Lady of the USA doesn’t mean you are qualified to discuss matters way above you school grade okay!

    You aint the sharpest knife in the kitchen so take up your opinions with your boo and not with the world who will keep you on blast for this shit!

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    Nathan Reply:

    @Jay Scorpio Navy General, THIS from a Rihanna stan. You’ve got some damn nerve criticizing someone who sings instead of yodels.

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    King Fierce Reply:

    @Jay Scorpio Navy General, hilarious seeing as Rihanna has never rubbed shoulders with anyone in the First Family and never will. I wonder why that is……
    /-)

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  14. BEDSTUYFLY

    LOL, GOD BLESS HER HEART.

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  15. KenBarbUk

    ….

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    Chauncey Reply:

    @KenBarbUk, You’re a fucking Nicki Minaj stan AND a fag, as per your name. No one gives a shit what someone like you thinks.

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    KenBarbUk Reply:

    @Chauncey,

    LMAO

    All this from “…”

    But you seem to care boo boo

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  16. Realest

    What a positive role model. Haters will hate, as per usual yet it doesn’t take anything away from the message #StayPressed

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  17. YMCMinaj

    And… there are plenty of women that refuse to work, have 5-10 kids, and live off social assistance… I’ve been in many industries where women make wayyyy more money than men simply for being a woman, whereas the man has to network, work long hours, travel, and more just to be seen as equal.

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  18. 2bad2bme

    IM SORRY I AM A HUGE BEYONCE FAN BUT HONEY NO…A WOMAN IS NEVER EQUAL TO A MAN. GOD DID NOT CREATE IT TO BE THAT WAY…IF IT WAS, THEN THERE WOULD BE A LOT OF COMPLICATIONS IN MANY RELATIONSHIPS BECAUSE THE WAY HOUSEHOLD RULES.

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    BblahB Reply:

    @2bad2bme, Clearly who ever raised you didn’t teach you to be an independent woman. No female should ever believe she can never be equal to a man, this comment makes no sense. Why would you ever be okay with yourself never being able to be seen as an equal by a man? At the end of the day we’re all just bones and look the same so what do you mean God didn’t create it that way?

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  19. BblahB

    Beyonce has always been someone who supported gender equality, come to think of it every damn Destiny’s Child song has to do with something along those line. Why are people hating I’m confused, she’s using her position to get a positive point across. Has nothing to do with “rubbing shoulders” with people. As an artist you’re creating to make a point or express an idea which she is doing, I don’t see Rihanna doing anything of the sort. WHO GIVES A FUCK ABOUT THE GRAMMAR? It’s clear enough for you to understand what she is trying to get across. She clearly could have written down these thoughts its not a published MLA format essay I mean damn. Who cares if she is rich and shouldn’t be complaining? Just because you got a little dough doesn’t mean you sit back and count your dollars and not fight for what you think is right. I can’t with some of the incompetency, ignorance,and hate on these things.

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  20. Kathleen R Gorman

    This is so true. I have been in the unions for twenty years. And women only get sent out when it is required…Massachusetts is the only state to put women to work on there bridges. Because this is the law….Thank you Massachusetts for stepping up for women. Hoping that other states step up to the plate and help women get working..Time needs to change and let the women work as much as the men……

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