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Patricia Arquette's Political Oscars Speech Urges Equal Pay for Women

By    |   Monday, 23 Feb 2015 11:23 AM

Patricia Arquette got political while accepting her Academy Award for her Best Supporting Actress role in "Boyhood" on Sunday night, calling for equal pay for women.

"To every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen in this nation: We have fought for everybody else's equal rights. It's our time to have wage equality in the U.S.," she said from the stage, Fox News reported

The crowd went wild, with Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lopez, Ethan Hawke, and Shirley McClaine cheering fervently.



CNN Money reported that in Hollywood, of the top 10 best paid actors, only two are women: Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Lawrence.

The New Republic criticized Arquette's speech, opining that the actresses' "words warrant scrutiny."

"The feminist project in general tends to be suspicious of attributing women’s political significance solely to their role as mothers, as in old-fashioned reactionary visions of Republican Motherhood," the magazine wrote.

"Further, addressing people as taxpayers is a rather unsavory (and typically right wing) habit that advances the notion people are worth what they pay in taxes."



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