Beyoncé writes essay on gender equality, says men need to play a part

Beyonce performs onstage on her Mrs. Carter World Tour, on Friday, December 20, 2013 at the TD Garden in Boston, Mass. (Photo by Robin Harper/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP)

Beyoncé continues to spread her message of feminism to those whole will listen.

The singer recently penned an essay for The Shriver Report, a media initiative that documents how cultural trends effect American women, that cries out a message for gender equality. The Report, led by journalist and former first lady of California Maria Shriver, also features work from Eva Longoria, LeBron James, Jennifer Garner and many more.

The “XO” singer, who capped off 2013 with the release of her self-titled girl power album, writes about how the current state of gender equality is a lie.

Here is an excerpt from her piece, titles "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 more of her piece here.

You can download The Shriver Report for free on Amazon from Jan. 12 - Jan. 15.