We’re coming over all Meryl about it, all over again.
It was the speech that made Meryl Streep do this:
Women around the world cheered her on.
However, when asked to expand on her speech backstage, Arquette kind of, maybe put her foot in it.
“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.”
Amanda Marcotte, a writer for Slate, was among the harsher critics of Arquette, stating, that Arquette’s, “political grandstanding played into every ugly stereotype about feminism.”
The Boyhood star was joined by Hillary Clinton and Melinda Gates who also delivered speeches on the night.
“People have asked me why I’m doing this, and it’s true, today I’m blessed, having some material success, for which I’m extremely grateful. But I have other truths, too. If I were to tell you as a child, there were times where I lived below the poverty line, literally not having shoes to wear that fit me, that would also be true. If I told you that I was a single mother at 20, and lived with my baby in a converted garage, and that I would worry about my baby’s nutrition while nursing, because I could only afford to eat macaroni and cheese mixed with water for a week so I could afford diapers, that would also be true.
So let’s be honest: We have in place fair-pay laws that are not ensuring fair pay to women. The effect of the gender gap is most oppressive for women of color. In the United States, Latina women working full-time are taking home 56 cents to every dollar earned by her male, white co-workers. In California, which is the seventh-largest economy in the whole world, that number dropped last year to 44 cents on the dollar. African-American women earn just 64 cents. White American women may now average 78 cents on the dollar.
The 46-year-old concluded with a powerful statement, “This is about supporting families, and getting women what they have already earned for their own hard work. Hold your lawmakers accountable … We are a movement, and we are making changes for our daughters. We matter.”