Beyoncé, Florence + the Machine, Haim, Ellie Goulding, and more will champion women’s equality during a globally broadcast benefit concert at London’s Twickenham Stadium on June 1, on behalf of Chime for Change. The charity supports equal opportunities for girls and women around the world by focusing on education, health, and social justice issues.
“I have always felt strongly about equal opportunity for women,” Bey says in a statement on the organization’s website (pay attention, Rush Limbaugh). “Girls have to be taught from early on that they are strong and capable of being anything they want to be. It’s up to us to change the statistics for women around the world. I’m honored to be in the company of women who live fearlessly and set an example for the next generation.”
Also on the lineup: Iggy Azalea, John Legend, Laura Pausini, Rita Ora, and Timbaland. More performers, announcements, and broadcast details regarding the charity gig will be revealed in the coming weeks. Tickets are currently available for purchase. Gucci, the founders of Chime for Change, will ensure that all ticket sales go toward the campaign’s various projects. On June 2, every ticket holder will receive a voucher and code that can be applied to one of said projects.
Queen B also threw her weight behind another hot-button equality issue: same-sex marriage. Amid the Supreme Court’s debates about the validity of the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996, Mrs. Carter shared a brief handwritten note on Instagram last night (March 26) that managed to be simultaneously self-referential and empathetic toward others.
“If you like it you should be able to put a ring on it,” she shared, winking at her deathless Sasha Fierce hit “Single Ladies.” The “Bow Down / I Been On” singer also tacked on a cumbersome hashtag, “#wewill unite 4 marriage equality!” before signing simply, “B.”
Now, in case anyone needs a reminder: