As we celebrate Women’s History Month 2015
Patricia Arquette wins Oscar, calls for ‘wage equality for women’
By Adam Howard
Patricia Arquette seized her moment on the Oscar stage to deliver a powerful call for wage equality for women.
Arquette won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in the 12-years-in-the-making “Boyhood” and was in the midst of wrapping up a prepared speech when she segwayed into an undeniably feminist message.
“To every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.,” Arquette said to rapturous applause from the Academy Award crowd.
The actress was widely seen as the frontrunner for the award, but few anticipated the political nature of her remarks. She also name-checked an ecological sanitation charity called givelove.org. Her name became a trending topic shortly after her rousing speech.