Beyonce: Gender equality is a myth

Updated 12:23 PM EST, Tue January 14, 2014

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Beyonce addresses gender inequality in an essay on Maria Shriver's website

The singer points out the gap in average income between men and women

The topic is something she also touches on frequently in her music

Beyonce: We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality

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CNN —  

When Beyonce tells people to “bow down,” they listen.

Now the star is hoping to bring the same show-stopping power to the issue of gender inequality with an essay on Maria Shriver’s website, The Shriver Report.

In “The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink,” the 32-year-old pop star – writing under her full name, Beyonce Knowles-Carter – proclaims that “gender equality is a myth!”

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.”

Humanity, she continues, “requires both men and women, and we are equally important and need one another. … 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.”

Her words are likely familiar to those who know her music, which references the trials of womanhood and female empowerment going all the way back to her work with Destiny’s Child.