Sunday 25 February 2018

Here’s why everyone is talking about Patricia Arquette’s womens’ rights speech

Freya Drohan

Freya Drohan

Accepting the award for Best Supporting Actress, Patricia Arquette brought the house down with her empowering speech.

Patricia Arquette was named recipient of the Best Supporting Actress at the 87th annual Academy Awards for her poignant role in Boyhood.

Patricia Arquette arrives at the Oscars on Sunday
Patricia Arquette arrives at the Oscars on Sunday
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actresses Patricia Arquette (L) and Rosanna Arquette attend the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

The actress used her speech as an opportunity to make a plea for equal wages between genders, dedicating it to “every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and every citizen of this nation”.

“Equal means equal. The truth of it is the older an actress gets, the less money she makes," she said. "It’s inexcusable that we talk about equal rights for women in other countries and yet … we don’t have equal right for women in America. It's time for all the women in America and all the men who love women and all the gay people and all the people of color that we’ve fought for, to fight for us now."

“We have fought for everybody else’s 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.”

Within moments there were over 100,000 tweets sent praising Arquette, who is also a known philanthropist and activist.

No one was more vocal in their support than actresses Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez.

Despite the fact that Arquette had just beaten her in the category they were both nominated in, Meryl cheered louder than anyone else as she shouted "Yes! Yes! Yes!" towards the stage.

"Made my night," Meryl was later overheard saying to the Boyhood actress backstage.

 “She’s the queen of all actresses, the patron saint of all actresses," Patricia responded.

MERYL STREEP #oscars #oscarlegend #needsomeofthatoscarjuju lol

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