This may not come as a surprise to you, but in this day and age, whatever the reigning queen of pop Beyoncé says or does will be heard. But it is not just her musical talent that brings the fabulous pop icon to the front and center of national awareness.
Beyoncé’s recently released self-titled visual album was steeped in messages of female empowerment. It uplifted, comforted, liberated, and celebrated women while simultaneously challenging societal norms and critiquing the way they have treated and shaped women for generations.
In the wake of this, Queen Bey once again approached the subject of women’s rights, but this time in a less media-focused, more universal light.
As part of the next installment of Maria Shriver’s The Shriver Report, Beyoncé voiced her thoughts on gender equality (or, more specifically, the lack-there-of) in her essay “Gender Equality is a Myth!”
Beyoncé explains that both sexes need to wake up, join together, and educate one another in order help equality grow and flourish. She states:
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.
Spoken by a voice as powerful as Beyoncé’s, these words will not fall on deaf ears, and combined with those of a multitude of other inspirational women activists, this common message will hopefully inspire change.
Beyoncé’s work is featured in the most recent Shriver installment, A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back From the Brink, alongside essays from Hillary Clinton, Sheryl Sandberg, LeBron James, and others, in conjunction with the Center for American Progress.
You can download the collection for free through tomorrow, January 15th.
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