Published by: Olivia Brown
14th January 2014
The Shriver Report is a multi-platform nonprofit media initiative led by Maria Shriver that seeks to modernise America’s relationship to women. The organisation invites leading voices across the cultural spectrum to share their voice and ideas on the emergence of women into all areas of society.
The Shriver Report’s groundbreaking and award-winning Special Reports document major transformational movements in American society relating to women and families.
The 2014 report, A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back From The Brink, is said to ‘examine the rates of financial insecurity among American women and the children who depend on them, investigate the impact of it on our nation’s institutions and economic future, and promote modern solutions to help women strengthen their financial status.’ The Shriver Report features a short essay by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter disputing against gender equality and stating that ‘we have a lot of work to do’. Read the piece below or through ShriverReport.org.
Gender Equality Is a Myth!
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.
Humanity requires both men and women, and we are equally important and need one another. 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. 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.
Do you believe that gender equality is a myth and we are still so far from it? Are women really viewed as less than equal to men?
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