One moving, important Oscars acceptance speech just made history.

Bravo, Patricia Arquette.

The Oscars are watched by millions of people around the world every year. From the dresses to the monologue, the memorials and the winners, it’s easily the biggest event in Hollywood.

Which makes it the perfect setting to make an important political statement.

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Patricia Arquette. Image via Getty.

So when a talented, incredible actress addresses the gender pay gap in her acceptance speech, people take notice.

That’s exactly what Best Supporting Actress winner and total legend Patricia Arquette just did.

Watch it here (post continues after video):

46-year-old Boyhood actress Patricia Arquette won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress at this year’s Academy Awards, and she used her precious speech time to make a powerful statement about gender inequality.


Read more: The gender wage gap represents the biggest obstacle to eradicating poverty.

After accepting her award and thanking her family and cast members, Patricia launched into a passionate speech that had the crowd standing and cheering.

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.”

We think Meryl Streep’s reaction sums it up perfectly.

If you want to look through all the fabulous dresses and fancy tuxedos from this year’s Oscars red carpet, click through the gallery below.