Beyoncé has been a busy bee lately; following the unexpected release of her fifth studio album last month (with a video to go with accompany track) she's back with an essay titled 'Gender Equality Is A Myth!' as a conscience-awareness tool regarding equal pay. The essay is part of a broader project supported by women like Eva Longoria, Hillary Clinton and Jade Pinkett-Smith that follows the Shriver Report's recent findings that 42 million US women are either living in poverty, or are on the brink of living in poverty.

"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."

You can download the essay in full (until January 15th) here. Be sure to read our review of her new album by heading here.

Source: DummyMag