In case you missed the 2015 Oscars (as I did), you missed out on a small score for women. HuffPost claims women only made up 19% of all non-acting nominees and 94% of Academy voters are white, while 77% are male. OUCH!
BUT Patricia Arquette stole the night (as I’m told, and as evidenced by YouTube)!
Here’s her acceptance speech when she won Best Supporting Actress for her performance in “Boyhood,”: “To every woman who ever gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation: We have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America!”
WOW! Thank you Patricia Arquette!
It takes a strong, brave women to speak out for an entire gender in a moment when most (and understandably so) would have spent more time thanking God, and their mom, and their neighbor, and their dog, and……
But, hell no, Patricia stood up strong and basically said, “This win is for all women” and, “Let’s praise all women, and show them praise by treating them with equality.” It was really cool to see Jennifer Lopez and Meryl Streep in the audience cheering her on. There’s a good example of women uniting!
Reese Witherspoon also deserves great recognition for encouraging reporters to #AskHerMore. The #AskHerMore campaign was originally created in February 2014 to bring acceptance to the reality that reporters at the Oscars focus more on a woman’s appearance than her achievements. So how cool was it for Reese to continue the campaign by talking about #AskHerMore on Instagram, including some questions she’d love if one of the reporters would ask her. For example: What’s the biggest risk you’ve taken that you feel has paid off?” or “What accomplishment are you most proud of?”
Check out the video of Patricia! Gives me goosebumps every time I watch it!
Photo credit, Ingrid Richter