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Last night’s Oscars brought plenty of inspirational acceptance speeches, but Patricia Arquette’s acceptance speech for winning Best Supporting Actress for her role in Boyhood got many celebs, especially Meryl Streep, out of their seat in excitement. 

At the end of her speech, Arquette said, "To every woman who gave birth, it's our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America."

This powerful statement gave her a standing ovation, with a couple celebs particularly moved. Jennifer Lopez clapped with excitement and Meryl Streep’s epic response was the best; she got out of her seat, clapped, and yelled in agreement! 

After Arquette accepted her award, she headed backstage and elaborated on her speech with reporters. She also acknowledged Meryl Streep’s epic response! 

"I heard about [Meryl's reaction], and I hugged her afterwards," she said. "She's the queen of all actresses - patron saint of actresses. So, it's amazing, but it is time for us. It is time for women. Equal means equal."

"The truth is," she continued, "the older women get, the less money they make...the highest percentage of children living in poverty are female-headed households, and it's inexcusable that we go around the world and we talk about equal rights for women in other countries and we don't...have equal rights for women in America and we don't because when they wrote the Constitution, they didn't intend it for women."

Wow, what powerful words, Ms. Oscar winner! Arquette called to fans, viewers and fellow celebs that all women need to take action. The actress then addressed issues going on in Congress and changes that need to be made, proving she’s not only talented, but very well informed on political issues! 

"I think we need federal laws that are comprehensive. In different states, they have altogether thrown out the Fairness Voting Act," she said. "People think we have equal rights; we won't until we pass a Constitutional Amendment in the United States of America where we pass the ERA [Equal Rights Amendment] once and for all and women have equal rights in America we won't have anything changed." 

If Streep heard all this, we can’t even fathom her excitement! What did you think of Arquette’s speech? 

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