Beyonce is a great role model for girls

Beyonce Knowles, the beautiful and incredibly talented pop superstar, is well-known for her song urging men to “put a ring on it” and famously took her own advice. She dated rap singer “Jay-Z” Carter, got married and is now pregnant with the couple’s first child. The public is so enthralled by the couple that when Beyonce showed up at a recent awards show, well, showing, Twitter almost crashed.

Upon hearing the news that Beyonce is expecting, Justin Combs, the son of rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs, tweeted: “Beyonce dated, married, THEN got pregnant … young ladies take note.”

Good for him.

Now, all those supposed women’s groups are up in arms because his comments supposedly shame and stigmatize single mothers and their offspring. The groups are mad at Combs for stating the obvious. They’re mad because he would dare to make a judgment about whether kids are better off with married parents.

Really? That’s foolish. Shouldn’t influential people use their influence to encourage kids to make good decisions?

Although Beyonce isn’t trying to make a political statement and is just living her life in a way that makes sense, God bless her for setting a great example for all the young women who idolize her.

When President Lyndon Johnson declared the War on Poverty in the mid-1960s, only six percent of children were born out of wedlock. By 2008, that number had risen to 40.6 percent. That year, a remarkable 72.3 percent of African-American children — nearly three out of four — were born out of wedlock. There is no way that all of these pregnancies were unplanned.

Hollywood isn’t helping young women by pretending that fathers are extraneous and that there are no drawbacks to being a single mom.

Numerous studies indicate that life is much more difficult for kids who grow up without a dad. They are at increased risk of everything from quitting school to drug and alcohol abuse, and they’re at high risk for poor social and cognitive development. Indeed, out-of-wedlock births are the largest indicator of poverty.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau:

— The poverty rate of single mothers with children is five times higher than for married couples with children;

— The poverty rate for single fathers is almost 2.5 times higher;

— Poor children in single-parent households constitute almost two-thirds of all poor children.

Being married gives couples a huge financial advantage. In 2008, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the poverty rate among black married couples was 6.9 percent, while the rate for non-married black families was seven times higher at 35.3 percent. That’s a huge difference. Those differences are echoed in the white community.

Certainly Beyonce’s and Jay-Z’s children won’t have to worry about poverty, given that their parents are superstars. Still, Beyonce and Jay-Z set a tremendous example by waiting until they were married to start a family.

Penny Nance is CEO and President of Concerned Women for America.

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  • Anonymous

    Role model? Bull! She’s a singer/entertainer. Period. I’m a great role model for MY kids…. not the people on my television. I do NOT abdicate that responsibility and my kids are NOT in need of role models. 

  • notalone

    Coming from none other then nance from concerned women for America – a great role model????? Surely you have got to be kidding?  Then again not so much.

  • gobnait06

    Writhing around in music videos dressed in revealing lingerie does not a role model make.Have standards much?

  • Anonymous

    Nothing wrong with taking the high road.  God bless her and her family. 

  • Anonymous

    lol! a GREAT role model?  Just because she didn’t have kids before she was married? The bar is low now but … give me a break. See her latest epic fail of a video and tell me you want your daughters emulating her.

    • gobnait06

      The bar isn’t just low-it has taken up residence in the Marianas Trench.

  • JoeJ

    America’s culture has been turned on its head – single motherhood, abortion, homosexuality, torture, religious hate – are good acceptable activities – even praised.

    Our traditional idealism has become the enemy – how sick.

    p.s. Beyonce is a beautiful all together gal – kudos to her.

  • http://twitter.com/Super_Sachiko Jasmine Clark

    great article and beyonce is definitely a role model. good for her for not doing what pop culture and the media tell women to do, which is, have sex any time and either have a bunch of kids with no dad in the home (making it very hard for the mother to work and support her kids all by herself) or, just have abortions.

    • yaniv kenner

      shut your kool-aid drain jasmin, you’re the last person to have any opinion on role model. 

      worshiping the palin’s made you lose the argument.