In the new issue of journalist Maria Shriver's The Shriver Report, Beyoncé has written an essay that focuses on equal pay for women. It is titled "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.

You can read a longer excerpt of the essay and also download a free copy of the issue, which features contributions from LeBron James and Hillary Clinton amongst others.

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