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Patricia Arquette's Oscar speech and equal pay.

Updated on February 24, 2015

Where is this debate going?

She read this and did not speak.Where was the passion?

Her speech

Below is my analysis but here are some excepts.

"Every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation,” declaring that “we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights!” It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and to fight for equal rights for women in America.

Would Hillary Clinton fix this as President?

How could I say anything other than no? When she was a U.S. Senator from New York, the average woman in her office made 72% of what the average man did! Did you know that? The median income for a male in Hillary's office was more than $15,000 per year higher than the median income for the female staff. Yet, the former first lady has pledged to champion this cause. She had her chance and quite frankly, she blew it!

That tells me two things. She promises one thing and does another every single time! And, since the private sector has a much better record of pay equality than the federal government does, it show that any time you politicize or give government control over anything, we watch it get worse.

This is more evidence that politicians will watch out for themselves by trying to get votes from the voter blocks that they make empty promises to. Therefore, we should watch out for all Americans and not allow the politicians and politics divide us!

Did any of this make sense?

First, I want to ask, what rights does she speak of? I have no idea! What rights do men have that women do not. If there are any, then she should have listed them. This speech was borderline crazy. Then, she talks about equal pay for women, as though woman have no rights to be paid. It was bizarre and I think she hurt her cause tremendously in the long term. If I were a feminist, i would never want someone who talks like she does on my side.

Hollywood pays men more for one reason and one reason alone. Market research has shown that at the box office, the leader actors have been drawing more movie goers that the leading actresses have. Until that changes, how can she demand the pay to? Besides, is she, Meryl Streep, or Jennifer Lopez starving or doing poorly in this line of work? I think all of us know the answer to that.


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    • MikeSyrSutton profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      I agree! I don't think Meryl agreed as much as she wanted to be in the spotlight! Meryl is not that used to not being noticed at The Oscars.

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      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      Meryl Streep usurped the speech to boot. I was wondering myself what she was talking about myself.


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