In a recent interview with GQ, pop icon Beyoncé Knowles struck a serious note when talking about sexism, specifically on the issue of the gender pay gap — the fact that women are paid, on average, 77 cents to a man’s dollar.
“Equality is a myth,” Knowles said, launching into an explanation of the impact that a lack of equal pay on the entertainment industry:
“You know, equality is a myth, and for some reason, everyone accepts the fact that women don’t make as much money as men do. I don’t understand that. Why do we have to take a backseat?” she says. “I truly believe that women should be financially independent from their men. And let’s face it: Money gives men the power to run the show. It gives men the power to define value. They define what’s sexy. And men define what’s feminine. It’s ridiculous.”
Knowles is right to call out the entertainment industry. There’s a lack of accurate information on how women are faring in the industry, but, sadly, it is known that women in Hollywood earn less than men overall, and the pay gap increases as women age.
For young women overall, the gender pay gap starts immediately out of college and accrues over their lifetime. While the gap was closing for a period of time, it has stagnated at 77 cents on the dollar for years.