Beyoncé's essay on gender equality
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1/14/14, 3:00 PM
Beyonce calls for more to be done on gender equality in the workforce
Music superstar and cultural icon Beyoncé has contributed to The Shriver Report's special project on gender equality alongside fellow celebrities Jada Pinkett Smith, Hilary Clinton, and Eva Longoria.
"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... If women received pay equal to their male counterparts, the U.S. economy would produce $447.6 billion in additional income." - Beyoncé wrote in the A Woman's Nation Back from the Brink report.