Patricia Arquette took home her first Academy Award last night at the 2015 Oscars for her Best Supporting Actress turn in Boyhood, but it was womanhood that she really supported. She delivered an impassioned acceptance speech, closing with a demand for wage equality that probably had Sony execs—who came under fire after their hack for paying actresses less than actors in the same films—shaking in their seats.
“To every woman who gave birth to every citizen and taxpayer of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights,” Arquette roared. “It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America!”
(You can watch the speech here.)
PopSugar reports that Arquette’s speech continued in the Oscars press room when cameras stopped rolling to audiences at home.
“It’s time for women. Equal means equal. The truth is the older women get, the less money they make,” Arquette said. “The highest percentage of children living in poverty are in female-headed households. It’s inexcusable that we go around the world and we talk about equal rights for women in other countries and we don’t. One of those superior court justices said two years ago in a law speech at a university that we don’t have equal rights for women in America and we don’t because when they wrote Constitution, they didn’t intend it for women,” she continued. “So the truth is even though we sort of feel like we have equal rights in America, right under the surface there are huge issues at play that really do affect women. It’s time for all the women in America, and all the men that love women and all the gay people and all the people of color that we’ve all fought for to fight for us now.”
Two supporters of Patricia Arquette’s campaign? Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez, who went wild during her speech:
Amen, sisters. Amen.