Beyoncé, champion of “Independent Women” and “Single Ladies” everywhere, has penned a new essay about gender equality in America. The short piece will run in a new eBook due out later this month, and it finds the pop singer venturing into college freshman territory by sounding off on the inequality of pay for male and female workers in America. As Beyoncé says in her essay, “The average working woman earns only 77 percent of what the average working man makes,” and “unless women and men both say this is unacceptable, things will not change.” Preach, sister. Beyoncé goes on to say that boys have to be taught, “the rules of equality and respect”—something her husband Jay Z has no doubt undergone a crash course in since they got together.
Other pieces in the eBook were penned by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Eva Longoria, and Jada Pinkett Smith. The whole thing will be available to download starting Wednesday, January 15.