Girls might run the world, but they’re not getting paid very well for their troubles — earning only 77 percent of what the average working man makes and with many (i.e. 42 million) U.S. women living in or on the brink of poverty. These are the cheery findings of A Woman’s Nation‘s third in a series of Shriver Reports, A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink, for which World Runner CEO Beyoncé is one of a few famouses to contribute.
You can download the full 400-page report for free through January 15, but here’s an excerpt from her essay, ‘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.”
Hilary Clinton, Eva Longoria and Jada Pinkett Smith, as well as stand-in females Howard Schultz and LeBron James, have also gone on record with their support for equal pay.