Beyonce Says "Gender Equality Is A Myth"

Beyonce writes a "Shriver Report" essay about attitudes regarding gender equality, respect and the economy.

Beyonce has written an essay regarding gender equality and other differences between men and women. In a piece written for the annual Shriver Report, Beyonce writes about unequal pay and why she believes "gender equality is a myth."   

"We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality," Beyonce says in the piece, which is titled "Gender Equality Is A Myth." "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...If women received pay equal to their male counterparts, the U.S. economy would produce $447.6 billion in additional income."  

Beyonce's piece says that attitudes about gender are "drilled into us from the very beginning." The singer also says that young men need to be taught about equality and respect. She also says that young women need to learn to "reach as high as humanly possible." 

"We have a lot of work to do, but we can get there if we work together," Beyonce adds. "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." 

This excerpt is taken from The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink

In September, it was reported that Beyonce and Jay Z combined to make more money than any other celebrity couple with an estimated $95 million in earnings over the the course of a year, according to Forbes. The report measured the earnings of celebrity couples from June 2012 through June 2013. In the report's findings, Beyonce earned $2 million per night for her "Mrs. Carter World Tour" and Jay Z earned $1.4 million a night with his "Watch The Throne Tour" run with Kanye West. The couple has topped the Forbes list of celebrity couples for two consecutive years. 

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68 Comments

  • Anonymous

    in the black community women already make more then MOST men..and have much more of a stake in white america.. how much more can u take from a black man his life?

  • Frank

    Ms. Beyonc talks about equality and respect for women today. As far as equality she is correct that females should receive equal recognition and pay if they are performing the same tasks as males. When it comes to respect she is not a role model as long as almost all of her songs and video's are showing women that they need to sell their bodies by showing off excessive skin and indecent actions in her dances. She is a talented singer and could be a wonderful role model for young women by teaching them their skills and talent is what will earn them respect, not how much skin they show off.

  • jxsxn

    My wife makes more cash than me...Over the years we've been almost at par some years I earned more than her some years she earns more than me. The problem with people in General is they get accustomed to working certain cushy jobs that have an ok pay and ARE JUST waiting to get recognition or promoted to something slightly better. If you want to make more money you have to be versatile, You can't just apply where everyone else applies to and then expect them to recognize how great you are when there's like 200 employees doing the same job as you.

  • DRAE

    Check out youtube.com/manwomanmyth If you want to see how bullsh*t her statements are.

  • PhillyWisdom

    THIS IS A SPECIAL MESSAGE FOR ALL THE MISOGYNISTIC, IMMATURE TROLLS ON THIS THREAD (if you don't fit that description, this isn't for you). Equal pay isn't just good for women and gender equality, it's also good for households and for parents to have an increased income as a family unit. However, that family perspective about gender income equality is missed on transient baby daddies who get down with misguided chicks who have numerous babies by them. Unmarried baby daddies and baby mommas and their tragic progeny are not family units, they're a collection of poor, unfortunate souls. Think about it this way, boys: the more money your girl makes to support your kids, the less she will ask and expect from you and your mission of just dropping your seed with no accountability will be complete. Isn't that what you want, playa? To do the absolute minimum for your responsibilities? Ironically, it's the dudes who fit this description who are some of the most vocal opponents for income equality when they should be the biggest cheerleaders, not haters, for income equality.

    • Make me a sandwich

      You want income equality cool, but that's really the only equality you want, for any other situation like men paying child support vs women getting gvt assistance puts ya'll at an advantage over men already, because if you can't afford to take care of your kids you get gvt help when we can't afford to take care of our kids we get JAIL. I don't see ya'll complaining about that inequality. You want equality in pay that's it all the other inequalities are ok because they're convenient right?

  • Chicasalem

    There is so much hypocrisy in this, I really don't have the energy to hit this news entry.

  • ETK

    maybe women would get the wage men got if they would stop sippin on men's $$$ every step of the way, I mean respect to the women out there who are doin it big, and they only they should get paid equal, but this world has too many fuckin goldiggers... y'all hoes dug your own hole, take an L

  • RealTalk

    and in some countries /places of employment if a man and a women are applying for the same job and have the same qualifications the job will be given to the women. it's all bullshit.

  • fuccya

    Btw read a line somewhere, still in my memory... "Free people cant be equal & equal people cant be free." Thats about all your motherfucking equality talks and related bullshit. Seems logical to me. Wanna be able to do what other one does - work as hard as him, or get as lucky as him, whatever. Ofc that doesnt include some forced & unnatural discrimination forms that wont pass the test of time, but applies to the rest. Obvious shit, if you think.

  • Anonymous

    this dumb bitch writing essays now. who did she pay to write it?

  • Kathy Dillow

    just before I looked at the check four $8021, I didn't believe that my best friend was like they say realy receiving money parttime from there new laptop.. there neighbour haz done this 4 less than thirteen months and just now paid the loans on there house and bought a top of the range Lotus Esprit. check it out... www.Tec80.Com Cause he's been in the game for the long term and still succeeding! Keep going homie!

  • Anonymous

    Dumb ass white bitch

  • imho

    you hear that noise? that's jayz yelling for his sandwich..

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  • Anonymous

    When women are able to kill spiders and move appliances or furniture by themselves... We can talk about raising their pay.

    • G

      He's a fictional character, merely the last version of dozens of other "divine savior" stories that existed thousands of years before he was invented.

  • Anonymous

    One of your biggest hits is claiming that women rule the world yet you say that women are lesser than men in society today? Big contradictions...........

  • Make me a sandwich

    Beyonce female fans shouldn't listen to what she says, that's why most of her fans don't have a husband, and don't make desirable wives either, just jumpoffs.

  • C

    Women are designed to care for children and a woman can't have job while caring for children. Men make the money because they can consistently go to work. Most women have children, so that is why the numbers are different. My grandmother had 13 kids. It is rediculous believe she should be making as much as her husband.

    • Anonymous

      C thinks no way granny goes to work after 35 years and 13 kids and makes more than her carpenter husband well, she's not going for a carpenter job C she's going back to school for a business degree to be a call center manager, and the pay for that position says $48K, but because she's a woman (old at that), it'll be $39K and she'll be an assistant (aka in charge until they find who they want), even though she graduated from university with certification in May, you were at that graduation that's reality, C's comment don't hold weight to that fact and neither does yours Talk

    • RealTalk

      anon you are talking shit and have missed C's point.

    • Anonymous

      you're oblivious to reality because you cosign your momma raising you and getting pennies working while some kid from college can get almost 6 figures and they have the same degree oh, you forgot some women got married and pregnant after college, yes? you're spewing that 1940's propaganda granny told you when women had no rights even that lifestyle changed in the 70's, where the hell you been? living in oblivion

  • C

    Women are designed to care for children and a woman can't have job while caring for children. Men make the money because they can consistently go to work. Most women have children, so that is why the numbers are different. My grandmother had 13 kids. It is ridiculous believe she should be making as much as her husband.

  • Pussy Whipped

    Yes, men need to stand up for women's equality. In addition, though, every woman who doesn't take the first offer on the table......who doesn't settle for less, will push the movement even farther forward. Go get it ladies....cowgirl up

  • Make me a sandwich

    Women don't want equality they want superiority, let's be clear.

  • Anonymous

    Who cares she's white

  • April Contreras

    just before I saw the bank draft saying $8935, I did not believe ...that...my mom in-law was like realie bringing home money in there spare time at their laptop.. there aunt started doing this 4 only about 7 months and at present took care of the debts on their appartment and bourt a brand new Mercedes-Benz S-class. browse around this site... www.Fb39.Com LOLOLOLLL how much cum has been squirted in ya eyes not to read that...?

  • Make me a sandwich

    I bet she doesn't bitch about gender inequality when in comes to the justice system woman stabs person = aggravated assault and low ass bond man stabs person = attempted murder and a high ass bond That's just one example go to the real news and you'll find more.

  • Anonymous

    Boo-freakin'-hoo ya millionaire. Men and women are not equal, but that doesn't mean one is "better" than the other. There are plenty of pros to being a woman over a man. Women may "make less", which is just as "unfair" as men paying more for insurance. It's all based on statistics from real world information.

  • Anonymous

    She's so hot since she went white, hell she's the #1 selling white artist right now.

  • Fuck This Bleached Ho

    Beyonce being black is also a myth.

  • KORI

    OF COURSE GENDER EQUALITY IS A MYTH WHEN HOBOS LIKE YOU EXIST U FCKIN LESBO GO EAT JLOS ASS

  • fuccya

    Always will be and whatever.

  • The Truth

    Forget trying to get women equal pay, ATLEAST THEY HAVE JOBS! Why did she forget to mention that the majority of men can't get job opportunities, which in truth mostly go to women. Shit if you live alone in your bachelor pad you can't apply for any food stamps, but women can. Please Beyonc needs to take this L, and pass it to whoever wrote that bullshit for her.

  • Anonymous

    Does Bey bleach her skin?

  • Anonymous

    Tell women to stop lining up for Gender Studies and Early Childhood Education degrees and maybe they'll start fucking making more. So many industries that are traditionally male driven are fucking STARVING for female applicants. Jesus fucking Christ can we put this fucking canard to rest

  • Anonymous

    Oh and women bitch about equal rights then expect men to pay for things. Lol fucking ridiculous.

    • Marx1684

      I agree. I understand what she's saying but at the same time if you want full gender equality you would need to let go of all expectations that you have for the opposite sex. Stop being angry if a man doesn't hold the door for you, pays for the date, does the heavy lifting for you or any of the other things that you would expect a man to do. There are a lot of thoughts that come along with the equality that is wanted. The equality is based off of the idea that men and woman are the same creatures. We are not. Mentally, emotionally & physically. We have differences in all areas. Some of these differences were created socially but many of them are there from the start. Woman will continue to move forward in this country while the men are left with the same expectations to cater & provide but none of the benefits. I don't want to suffer for unfair social standards that I was in no way shape or form responsible for.

  • Anonymous

    Men work in fields that pay more. Not exactly brain science. Why would a lady who works at McDonalds make the same amount as a male doctor?

    • chris

      but why is that? the point is that it is drilled into us as men from the beginning just like it's drilled into women from the beginning that they will probably work in mcdonalds and not be doctors. it takes a lot to overcome that mentality and you don't have to do anything about it if one of these bitches gets in your feelings (prolly easy for you), but you have to recognize it and teach your daughter that she doesn't have to be that way. the fact is that if you put a man and a woman on a podium saying the same thing, both genders will probably subconsciously listen to the man first because that's the world we were brought up in.

    • Anonymous

      yeah he stupid

    • george this

      hahahahahahahaha

    • Gucci

      Brain science? Waka Flocka Flame, is that you?

    • Anonymous

      Stupidest comment this week.

  • JO

    Articles are written with a spin,every time. They tell you women make 77% of what a man makes but it is apples and oranges. It's not like you have a man and woman teacher and he makes more. NO. It is on avg. So just because women choose to take jobs like teaching, or social work that pay lower income and men chose to get into engineering which pays higher wages they want to tell you there is income inequality. Beyonce the income inequality with men and women is a myth. It is a fact that women CHOSE lower paying careers. You can't start going door to door demanding that women chose to be engineers and architects. So I guess we want a cleaning lady to make the same as a lawyer so it can be somehow equal. again the stats are based on how much a man and woman makes on avg. not necessarily in the same job.

    • Anonymous

      you're an uneducated bafoon. It's well known that men make more than woman do with regards to the same careers. How old are you?

  • Doughtereas

    my neighbor's sister-in-law makes $70 an hour on the laptop. She has been fired from work for nine months but last month her income was $18590 just working on the laptop for a few hours. have a peek here,,,,,,,,,, x.co/3cklC

  • Nunya

    I don't believe for one second that Beyonce wrote ANY essay. She had one of her feminist author allies write it for her. Second of all, this statistic about women earning 77 cents for every dollar a man makes has been repeated for years and years but I haven't been give a lick of proof. Feminists make me sick. I'll tell you what the myth is, CLASS EQUALITY! Beyonce is in the top one percent of the wealthiest people in America. Anybody in the bottom 99 percent (man or woman) that buys a single fraction the bullshit she's selling with this "essay" needs to get a brain scan.

  • Nunya

    I don't believe for one second that Beyonc wrote ANY essay. She had one of her feminist author allies write it for her. Second of all, this statistic about women earning 77 cents for every dollar a man makes has been repeated for years and years but I haven't been give a lick of proof. Feminists make me sick. I'll tell you what the myth is, CLASS EQUALITY! Beyonc is in the top one percent of the wealthiest people in America. Anybody in the bottom 99 percent (man or woman) that buys a single fraction the bullshit she's selling with this "essay" needs to get a brain scan.

  • Angry white dude

    This bitch needs to shut up and get her ass back in the kitchen

    • Frosty

      "@frosty Ok but your still poor and live in the ghetto" You must have me confused with your government cheese family.

    • Frosty the broke man

      @frosty Ok but your still poor and live in the ghetto

    • Frosty

      Yo,congrats you don't believe that she wrote it. What's your fucking point? Bottom 99% lol, why don't you tell me what it feels like? You hate on her statements but yet spout media garbage stats about "99%". Years ago this term did not exist. She is wealthy, your point being? The stats maybe be accurate or not, but the info is there. You want class equality, go to Russia or China you communist fuck.

    • Frosty, You're Stupid

      Yo, I don't believe for one second that Beyonce wrote ANY essay. She had one of her feminist author allies write it for her. Second of all, this statistic about women earning 77 cents for every dollar a man makes has been repeated for years and years but I haven't been give a lick of proof. Feminists make me sick. I'll tell you what the myth is, CLASS EQUALITY! Beyonce is in the top one percent of the wealthiest people in America. Anybody in the bottom 99 percent (man or woman) that buys a single fraction the bullshit she's selling with this "essay" needs to get a brain scan.

    • Frosty

      Shut the fuck up troll de la troll, she is stating some intelligent rhetoric. Your small minded hick mind cannot comprehend.

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