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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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Beyoncé Demands Equal Pay for Women

Beyoncé is using her celebrity status to bring equal pay for women to the world’s attention.

The 32-year-old singer has penned an essay called “Gender Quality Is a Myth!” for The Shriver Report, an initiative led by  Maria Shriver, which aims to discuss social trends that impact women.

“We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn’t a reality yet,” she writes in the essay, which is included in a special report, “A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back From The Brink.”

“Today, women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but the average working woman earns only 77 percent of what the average working man makes. But unless women and men both say this is unacceptable, things will not change.

“We have to teach our boys the rules of equality and respect, so that as they grow up, gender equality becomes a natural way of life. And we have to teach our girls that they can reach as high as humanly possible.”

The singer, writing under her full name, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, urges men to join their wives, daughters, mothers and sisters in demanding equal pay for equal work.

Other celebrities to add their voice to the project include Eva Longoria, whose essay “Empowering Latinas pushes for  educational opportunities for Latina women.

Jennifer Garner contributed “Turning Poverty Around: Training Parents to Help Their Kids”, while Jada Pinkett Smith wrote the essay “Human Trafficking and Slavery in the United States: ‘You Don’t See the Chains.'”

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