Patricia Arquette is the fourth exceptional woman to be featured on our International Women’s Day countdown. As this year’s theme is #BeBoldForChange, we wanted to highlight a few of our favourite women who were not only bold for change, but achieved it.
Arquette is an American actor arguably best known for her role in Tony Scott’s “True Romance” and as the protagonist of the TV series “Medium”, which aired for over 7 years. As the daughter, sister, and niece of actors, Patricia’s destiny was clear from a young age.
Patricia has stated that she will always be a woman before she is an actor. In 2015 she received the Oscar for “Best Supporting Actress.” Aware of the significance and reach of the ceremony, the 49 year old used her platform to address each and every woman. “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.”
In 2015, Patricia fired up the debate on the enormous wage gap between men and women in the United States (and the world), emphasizing that the problem is much worse in the performing arts. Thanks to Patricia’s speech, many other actresses joined her vocal fight, including Jennifer Lawrence. Although in 2015 Lawrence was one of the most highly paid actresses, her salary remained far lower than that of her male counterparts.
The wage gap between men and women in the same job is 22%, which is to say that women earn only a shocking 78% of a man’s salary – for every dollar a man earns, women receive just 78 cents. The startling reality of this is gap is that women work for free for 59 days of the year. We thank Arquette and all other women (prominent or not) who are working hard to address the issue.