February 25, 2015

Patricia Arquette is not done campaigning for equal pay for women. The Oscar-winner has been posting tweets that echo the same sentiments she expressed during her speech on Sunday night (February 22nd) and backstage.


Patricia wrote, “Did you know that a disproportionate amount of children living below the poverty line are from single female households? @ERAeducation This is a call to action. Women are being discriminated and it is having serious consequences on them and their children. My children are not living below the poverty line. That doesn’t mean I don’t care about the kids who are. DO YOU? Then help their moms. When people say that #Equalpay will devastate the economy they are so far off the mark. The money women make will go back into this economy. The #ERA was never passed.94% think it was, Women are left with a patchwork of leaders who believe in things like “legitimate rape”. Don’t talk to me about privilege. As a kid I lived well below the poverty line. No matter where I am I won’t forget women’s struggle. I was a working single mom at 20. I know how hard it is to pay for diapers and food .Explain why women should be paid less?” She continued, “Thank you to all who support women in this struggle for #Equalpay ! It has been a long time coming. The working poor women of this country have been asking for help for decades. If I have “privilege” or a voice I will shine a light on them. A lot of activists shook their heads and said yeah #Equalpay . Yeah, that sucks. No. It’s devastating 2 poor women. It is DISCRIMINATION. The question is this do you think Women should have the “privilege: to make #EqualPAy. 158 million women in the U.S are wondering…”

Patricia’s Oscar Speech:

  • “To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody’s equal rights. It is our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America.”

Patricia Backstage at the Oscars:

  • “We don’t have equal rights for women in America and we don’t because when they wrote the 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 that are applied that really do affect women. And 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.”