The fuller text of her statements: Patricia Arquette spoke two times on Oscar night.
Below, you see the full statement she made as she accepted her Oscar. To watch the speech, click here:
ARQUETTE (2/22/15): Okay, Jesus. Thank you to the Academy, to my beautiful, powerful nominees.GiveLove.org is Arquette’s public interest org. To visit its web site, click this.
To IFC, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss, Cathleen Sutherland, Molly Madden, David DeCamillo, our whole cast and our crew. My Boyhood family, who I love and admire. Our brilliant director, Richard Linklater. The impeccable Ethan Hawke. My lovelies, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater.
Thomas and Paul, thank you for giving me my beautiful children. Enzo and Harlow, you’re the deepest people that I know.
My friends, who all work so hard to make this world a better place. To my parents, Rosanna, Richmond, Alexis and David.
To my favorite painter in the world, Eric White, for the inspiration of living with a genius. To my heroes, volunteers and experts who have helped me bring ecological sanitation to the developing world with GiveLove.org.
To every woman who 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.
That last paragraph in Arquette’s speech launched a thousand ships. This part of her backstage press conference launched about ten thousand more:
ARQUETTE: It is time for women. Equal means equal. The truth is, the older women get, the less money they make. The more children—the highest percentage of children living in poverty are in female-headed households.To watch that statement, click here.
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, 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 at play 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.
How should progressives have responded to that? There is no single answer, of course.
More on this topic tomorrow.