Beyoncé calls gender equality a 'myth' in essay

It seems that Beyoncé is putting her position as spokesperson for Chime for Change into good use as she has written an essay declaring that “gender equality is a myth”.

Last year Queen Bey performed in the Chime For Change's Sound Of Change concert to put women's rights in the spotlight and raise awareness on education, health and justice for girls' and women's empowerment.

Now the 32-year old singer who has performed hits like “Independent Woman” Parts I and II and “Who Run The World (Girls)” has written an article in response to Maria Shriver's annual report on the status of women in America, "The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Pushes Back from the Brink."

Addressing the findings that "42 million women in the USA are either living in poverty or are on the brink of living in poverty" the superstar wrote: "We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn't a reality yet,".

"Today, women make up half of the US workforce, but the average working woman earns only 77 per cent of what the average working man makes."

Writing under her full name, Beyonce Knowles-Carter, she claims that unless people speak up, nothing will change and encouraged women to demand higher pay, but also called on men to demand higher wages for women too.

"Unless women and men both say this is unacceptable, things will not change," Beyoncé added.

"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 believes that that we have to start telling children about equality as soon as possible, which echoes the words of Nigerian novelist and feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie who said that “we must raise our daughters differently, we must raise our sons differently”

"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."

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Last April, Beyonce told British Vogue that she hesitated to call herself a feminist. The word feminist "can be very extreme," she told Vogue.

"But I guess I am a modern-day feminist. I do believe in equality”

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