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Patricia Arquette: ‘Gender equality still has a way to go’

Patricia Arquette is pleased changes have been made in the fight for gender equality, but more needs to be done.
The 47-year-old actress hit headlines when she collected her Best Supporting Actress award for Boyhood in 2015, using the opportunity as a platform to raise awareness of the pay gap in Hollywood, saying: “It’s time to have wage equality once and for all. And equal rights for women in the United States of America.”
Patricia doesn’t regret her decision to turn her speech into a social issue, but admits she has found she has been offered less work since then.
“Great things have happened, some laws have passed, some changes have happened but there’s a long way to go,” Patricia said on The Lowdown With Diana Madison. “I told my boyfriend, I might not get work after this. It’s nice to have a cheap labour pool, and when you start saying, ‘You have to pay these people more money its not fair’, people get mad and I have lost a couple of jobs for it.
“I could probably do something about it, but I don’t want to work with those people… karma takes care of it.”
Since Patricia’s Oscars speech, several stars have come forward to publicly voice their disgust at the pay gap in the movie industry – most notably Jennifer Lawrence. Jennifer divided opinions when she stood up for the issue, but Patricia thinks she should be applauded, not criticised, for speaking out.
“I’m really annoyed that she got a lot of flack for it…its really disgusting because its 98 per cent of all businesses that are doing this,” she said. “It has to be talked about, we have to start addressing it. It was a brave thing of her to say.”
Patricia has had a lengthy acting career, starring in films such as ’90s cult classic True Romance, and television shows including Medium and CSI: Cyber. Despite her comments about lack of fair pay, she admits she has had a fairly easy ride when it comes to her career.
“I have had it easier… I do have white skin,” she said. “When I was younger I fit into a certain type that people employed more and gave a chance to.”

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