Beyonce Talks Women’s Rights in Column

    January 13, 2014
    Daryl Nelson
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Singer, actress, designer, and all around likable person. It seems there are many reasons to love Beyonce these days, because some people appreciate her talent and handwork, while others simply admire her physical attributes. But it’s possible the 32-year old singer has developed a new crop of fans. Fans that not only like her diligent approach and her artistic choices, but admire her level of feminism as well.

In a recent excerpt written in journalist Maria Shriver’s The Shriver Report, Beyonce talks about inequality for women in the workforce and fair pay. “We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality,” she writes. “It isn’t a reality yet. Today, women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but the average working women 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.” Shriver retweeted the excerpt a little after it was published.

Plus, the Houston, Texas native said men have to do their part when it comes to balancing out the playing fields at work. “Men have to demand that their wives, daughters, mothers and sisters earn more, commensurate with their qualifications and not their gender,” she wrote. “Equality will be achieved when men and women are granted equal pay and equal respect.”

She then points to a few more statistics regarding the earning potential between men and women and speaks about the need to change “old attitudes,” which she says aren’t changing fast enough.

But it’s not only salaries the pop star discuses, she also talks about the need to uplift girls and let them know they should demand equal rights from early on. And little boys have to be conscious of those rights as well, she says. “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.”

Good going Beyonce!

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  • Grow Up America

    Funny. Actually, when you look at wages and compare people who have equal experience, the gender gap goes away. Most statistics do not do this. For example, they will compare a female project manager with one year experience to a male project manager with 20 years experience. Those are totally different levels.

    Also, who is she kidding. Everything is for girls nowadays. Everything. That is why suicide rates for boys have gone through the roof.

    Finally, she makes her living shaking her ass. Do you think she is really studying this issue? She is selling sex to a generation of girls and it is working. All the female celebrities have taught girls well. I can literally pull up millions of porn pics of girls showing off. They are even professional porn pics. A lot of them are amateurs. What Hollywood has taught a generation of girls is all you need to do is look good. Studying is not necessary. Why would I pay those type of girls a lot of money —- they most certainly are not becoming scientists, engineers, doctors, builders, and people that actually make something that generates jobs. Most women don’t even go into jobs that pay well. When was the last time you heard a girl say, hey I want to be a computer programmer? Nah, they just want to twerk or be a Kardashian.

    • Jeca

      Beyonce is a pretty savvy multi millionaire business woman who has made her living singing and dancing. What do you do for a living?

      Beyonce is giving her opinion on The Maria Shriver Report which states that 1 in 3 women live in poverty. Maybe you should try reading it before you give your own biased opinion of what you think of women. Women are still second class citizens in the United States and have a long way to catch up to men thanks to male politicians who apparently prefer we don’t work, do us no favors by trying to take our reproductive rights away and condone paying us lower wages than men.

      If you’re going to accuse all women of being airheads because they watch Hollywood movies, might I remind you that some women become porn stars because men watch them? These women generate their income off men. Men play war games and make war, enjoy their penis extension – guns too.

      I might remind you also that about 60% of women are college graduates despite gender bias. So please, don’t lump all women in the same category as the women you know.