Patricia Arquette just picked up a Best Supporting Actress Oscar and then absolutely took our breath away with her powerful speech about wage equality for women. Throughout this awards season, she’s made some important statements about single motherhood and the importance of standing up for underrepresented women’s issues. But tonight was the culmination of all her efforts, a moment that will absolutely go down in AWESOME Oscar history.
“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.” she exclaimed, rallying the audience with her passion and straight-up eloquence about an issue that deserves to be recognized on such a public platform.
Two words: Hell, yes.
Her speech elicited wild applause from the audience, and just about EVERYONE on Twitter.
“We are screaming at the screen!” tweeted Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls.
“I am a mother and celebrate with you. Thank you for your work and your speech,” tweeted Rita Wilson.
And Michael Moore wrote: “God bless you Patricia Arquette: a great actor, a brilliant citizen, you’ve just won the admiration of millions. Much love.”
There was also a lot of “YESSSSSSS” echoing throughout the social media universe.
But I think Meryl and J. Lo put it best:
We second that emotion.