By Judy Kurtz
Democratic lawmakers are applauding Patricia Arquette’s call for wage equality during her acceptance speech at the Academy Awards.
The “Boyhood” actress took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress on Sunday. After thanking the usual suspects, including her peers and kids, Arquette said to the crowd, “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!”
Fellow nominee Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez were seen cheering wildly in the audience following Arquette’s remarks.
House Democrats were quick to voice their support on social media:
Boyhood Patricia Arquette should, after 12 years ,be getting lifetime achievement award.And get grander award for Women's equality speech!!— Steve Cohen (@RepCohen) February 23, 2015
Patricia Arquette speaks the truth! "It's time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women..." #Oscars— Rosa DeLauro (@rosadelauro) February 23, 2015
Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraClinton makes new push to win the House Dems bullish on Hispanic support, turnout The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (@RepBecerra) February 23, 2015