Washington Democrats joined a very excited Meryl Streep in praising Patricia Arquette for her Academy Award acceptance speech, which turned political on Sunday night.
“To every woman who gave birth — to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation — we have fought for everybody’s equal rights,” said Arquette, after she won an Oscar for best supporting actress for her role in Boyhood. “It is our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America.”
Democrats took to Twitter to extol Arquette’s remarks.
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Last fall, Senate Republicans blocked a bill that would have helped bridge the pay gap between men and women. The legislation would, among other things, prohibit employers from retaliating against employees for disclosing their wages, and allow workers to sue over wage discrimination. The measure has failed three times since 2012 and isn’t expected to move forward in this Congress.
The film industry’s gender pay gap was thrust into the spotlight late last year, when the Sony Entertainment hack revealed female actresses were paid less than their male co-stars. Nationwide, women make 78 percent of men’s earnings, according to the American Association of University Women. The wage gap between women and men has remained unchanged since 2002, when Boyhood began filming.