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Patricia Arquette Quotes at the Oscars 2015

Patricia Arquette: "It's Time For All the Gay People and All the People of Color to Fight For Us Now"

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Patricia Arquette was honored once again this award season for her work in Boyhood when she picked up the Academy Award for best supporting actress at the Oscars in LA on Sunday night. While on stage, she took the opportunity to make a powerful statement about women's equality and equal pay that had Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lopez, and others in the audience nearly jumping out of their seats with excitement. Her discussion of the topic continued in the press room, where she spoke further about women's equality. Read her quotes and her follow up statements on Twitter, and watch the full video below.

"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."

Her quotes definitely got people talking, especially those who felt her comments were insensitive to LGBT and race issues. (Though she did get plenty of support from Emma Watson.) She took to Twitter on Monday morning and then again on Tuesday to clarify.


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