Beyonce’s Solution To Turn Gender Equality From Myth To Maxim

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And by maxim we don’t mean the dirty men’s mag. We mean the dictionary definition: a fundamental principle, a general truth or a rule of conduct. And Beyonce wants to be part of making this happen in America.

In a scathing essay as part of Maria Shriver’s report on gender equality, the songstress gives her opinions on why this issue is a myth for most women, and the facts speak for themselves. The only way this will change, she says, is if we pay attention and speak up for ourselves as women.

“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,” she writes.

Beyonce goes on to say that men and women should be equal because we are both just as important to a functioning society as one another, so why the disconnect economically all over the world even in 2014?

“We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn’t a reality yet. Equality will be achieved when men and women are granted equal pay and equal respect.”

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A lot of it stems from a generational trait that instead of questioning from the start, we just adopt it into our lives without giving it a second thought. This needs to change.

“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.”

No doubt having her own “next generation” person in her life, daughter Blue Ivy, has meant that Beyonce is ready to start her young and influence her in a new direction than the world she grew up in.

“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.”

Beyonce joins a list of celebrities, designers, and important figures in society such as Eva Longoria, Lebron James, Jennifer Garner, Hillary Clinton, Tory Burch, Sheryl Sandberg, and Jada Pinkett-Smith who are contributing to The Shriver Report whose aim it is to educate Americans on the financial state of women in 2014.

While figures look dismal, each of these authors, along with many others give real and practical solutions as to how things can change. We think it is fantastic that celebrities are using their voice for something positive, not vapid, and are urging all their fans to think about the real issues in life.

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TMZ ain’t gonna empower the next generation of women as far as we know! The Center for American Progress who helped put together the report say empowering women is not an option, as so often it is the female family members who are responsible for an entire family’s welfare.

“These are not women who are wondering if they can ‘have it all. These are women who are already doing it all — working hard, providing, parenting, and care-giving. They’re doing it all, yet they and their families can’t prosper, and that’s weighing the U.S. economy down.”

It is awareness coupled with practical, every-day solutions that each person can implement in their own lives right up to Government level, that will see the start of the scales tip in our favor.

42 million financially insecure women in America is horrendous. That figure is way too high and we hope this report, along with Beyonce and all the celebs’ words will go a long way to turning gender equality from a just myth to a maxim.

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