Oscar’s as Celebritys’ Opps for Highlighting Inequality

Patricia Arquette, who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Boyhood, shared her thoughts about women and inequality:

“It’s time for women. Equal means equal. The truth is the older women get, the less money they make. 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. 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.”

NPR has the full story. Click here to read Rigoberto Hernandez’ report “Oscar Speeches Spotlight Income Inequality, Immigration and Incarceration.”

You might also want to check out Melissa Harris Perry’s critique of Arquette on her Saturday morning show, February 28, 2015 or search Twitter for post-Oscar responses.

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