Lending Her Voice To The Cause

Beyoncé is passionate about creating equal rights for women and wrote an essay for Maria Shriver about the cause.

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Beyoncé just released a brand new (and surprise) visual album, has a toddler at home and is always there to support her musician/sports agent husband Jay Z, but still finds time to make a difference. The singer was called one of the most-charitable celebs of 2013 and now has added her voice to Maria Shriver's The Shriver Report.

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Beyoncé shared her feelings about the sexism she sees in the world in an essay for the study. In "A Woman's Nation Pushes Back from the Brink," Beyoncé talks about the current inequality between men and women in the workplace.

"We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn’t a reality yet," Beyoncé said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "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."

Beyoncé is married to one of the most powerful men in music, but she is just as powerful and outspoken as Jay Z. The 32-year-old is obviously passionate about the cause she talks about in the special.

"Humanity requires both men and women, and we are equally important and need one another," Beyoncé continued. "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," she continued. "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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Beyoncé has long been fighting for the cause of gender equality. On her new song, "Flawless," she includes an excerpt from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a Nigerian writer who says, "We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls 'You can have ambition, but not too much.'"

Maria Shriver's The Shriver Report has previously welcomed guest speakers Hillary Clinton, LeBron James and Jada Pinkett Smith. You can download it on Jan. 15.

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Brigitte March 13, 2014 | 12:35 PM

SDL - well said. She is talking the talk, but not walking the walk. However, I personally don't buy that women, by default, earn less by men, just because they are women, and it is acceptable to pay them less. If women are only paid 77% of what a man makes, wouldn't companies just hire only women? The "pay gap" has more to do with factors regarding career paths and choices between men and women, which are usually rather different.

SDL January 14, 2014 | 5:17 AM

I agree completely with what Beyonce is saying; it's all true, but she needs to look no further than her own onstage presence, all decked out in her garter and panties, to figure out why women are not respected in the workplace or in general. You don't see men singers parading around in their underwear onstage to sell their music. Why is it necessary for so many women singers to ualize their onstage presence? Many, like Beyonce, are talented singers who could easily stand on their own, without all the tits and ass. But let's face it-- sells and Beyonce's rakin' it in. Not exactly the best spokesperson for demanding respect for women, in my opinion.

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