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Patricia Arquette Proves Feminism Isn’t Dead

We’ve all thought it, but Patricia Arquette said it: “It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women.”

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Taking to the stage at the 87th Academy Awards to accept her win for best-supporting actress in Boyhood, the 37-year old proved feminism isn’t dead by thanking mothers, tax-payers and demanding fair pay for women.

“To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America,” said Arquette.

Fair pay among genders has been a lingering discussion for some time now, but it’s something that continues to be swept under the rug. In 2011 a study conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that the average weekly earnings for a full-time female worker was approximately 17% lower for women than men. While the reasons varied, the prominent influences were the undervaluation of skills and the restriction of employment prospects for workers with family responsibilities. Surprisingly these pay gaps also existed in female-dominated industries.

Let me ask you, should you have to give up your desire to have a family in order to be granted equal salary entitlements? And would you? Becoming a mother is a God-given right, so it doesn’t really seem like an appropriate proposition. While we’ve certainly come a long way since the 20th century when women were subject to roughly one third of a male’s salary, it seems there’s still a long way to go before the gap is closed.

Now before we go getting too political, let me remind you that feminism extends further than the female gender and is based upon a belief that everyone should have the same rights and opportunities despite their sex. So on that note, here is a powerful quote by Gloria Steinem that perfectly sums this up: “Though we have the courage to raise our daughters more like our sons, we’ve rarely had the courage to raise our sons like our daughters.”

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Grammys Lowdown

Grammys Lowdown


Kylie Minogue
Kylie Minogue, our favourite Aussie songbird, who now calls London home, took away her first Grammy for Best Dance Recording. The track “Come into my world” from her recent Fever album, beat records by pop queens Madonna and Cher. The win makes Kyles the first Aussie to take out a major category at the Grammy’s since the 80’s icon band “Men at Work” were voted best new artist in 1982. Kyles said “I am thrilled and cannot wait to bring it home”. Go Girl!



Beyonce Knowles
Even though it was delayed by at least 5 minutes, (to make sure no one showed too much flesh), the 46th annual Grammy awards were presented Sunday night in Los Angeles. It’s “music’s biggest night” when the America music industry honours its own. The evening’s big winner was 22 year old, Beyonc? Knowles. Nominated in six categories, she took home five Grammys, including Best Contemporary R&B Album and Best Female R&B Performance, on the strength of her debut album, Dangerously in Love. Beyonc? shared two awards with her boyfriend, Jay-Z, for the song “Crazy In Love.” Denying Beyonc? a clean sweep was British rock band Coldplay, who claimed the Record Of The Year Grammy, with Clocks.

Finally someone in television programing has worked out that we are much more interested in the red carpet interviews and live performances rather than the actual presentations. The three-and-a-half-hour worldwide telecast featured 19 live performances but the best news of the night was that although more than 100 awards were given out, only 11 were presented during the broadcast. Yippee finally!



Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake obviously still had his recent Super Bowl fiasco with Janet Jackson on his mind, when he accepted the award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for Cry Me A River. “Listen, I know it’s been a rough week on everybody,” he said. “What occurred was unintentional ? completely regrettable, and I apologize if you guys are offended. This has been a dream of mine. This is officially the greatest moment of my life. Thank you!”