Actress Patricia Arquette used her acceptance speech at the Oscars on Sunday to call for equal pay for women, prompting a Twitter frenzy in support of her comments, The Washington Post
"To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation. We have fought for everybody else's right. It's our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America," she said.
The comment by winner of the Oscar for best supporting access in "Boyhood" was received with cheers and applause
from the audience, while fellow nominee Meryl Streep pointed her finger in agreement, Politico noted.
Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, said in a tweet:
Arquette's tweet also prompted the Labor Department to issue a note on Twitter on women's pay.
Ohio Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan also shared words of support:
Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY's List, wrote:
And California Democratic Rep. Xavier Becerra tweeted:
Arquette has supported Democratic candidates in the past. In 2008 she supported President Barack Obama and in 2004 she backed John Kerry.
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