Beyonce: Gender Equality Is a Myth

Alongside Hillary Clinton and more, Mrs. Knowles-Carter called upon men to join women in the push for true equality

Beyonce performs in Rio de Janeiro.
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January 13, 2014 2:20 PM ET

In a new essay, Beyonce has some words of encouragement for all the single ladies and grown women out there. "We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality," the singer, credited as Beyonce Knowles-Carter, writes in her contribution to The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Pushes Back From the Brink, a new collection of essays by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Eva Longoria, LeBron James and more.

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Citing studies showing that working women still earn only 77 percent of their male counterparts, Beyonce calls upon men to join women in the push for true equality. "Men have to demand that their wives, daughters, mothers and sisters earn more – commensurate with their qualifications and not their gender," she writes.

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"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," adds the singer, who has described herself as a "modern-day feminist." "And we have to teach our girls that they can reach as high as humanly possible."

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The Shriver Report is named for its founder, the TV journalist Maria Shriver, whose mother was Eunice Kennedy and whose father, Sargent Shriver, helped create the Peace Corps and Head Start.

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Beyonce has used her superstar status to voice her opinions on plenty of issues, including same-sex marriage, the death of Trayvon Martin and the reelection of President Obama. She recently wrapped up her blockbuster "Mrs. Carter" tour, just after the surprise release of her chart-topping latest album, Beyonce.

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