Patricia Arquette Spearheards Fight For Gender Pay Equality and Child Poverty

Last year towards the end of November, Sony was the target of a huge security breach. The company’s trove of sensitive internal information was leaked to the public, being readily distributed on Twitter and across the internet.

Part of that breach included countless emails and employee salaries, revealing that the gender pay gap was ever-present in Hollywood. Recently, Jennifer Lawrence — Hollywood’s highest paid and most in demand actress, who still earns less than her male costars — penned a letter addressing the issue, stating she was“… over trying to find the ‘adorable’ way to state my opinion and still be likable!”

Months before that, while accepting her Best Actress in a Supporting Role during the 87th Academy Awards, Patricia Arquette took a stance as well.

“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.”


Arquette reiterated those sentiments with Scott Shannon this morning, revealing more of the consequences when women only earn 78 cents to the dollar.

“It [the gender pay gap] is in 98% of all businesses. And right now we have 33 million women and kids living in poverty and they wouldn’t be if their mom was getting paid the full dollar,” says Arquette. “It’s one of the number one things we can do to fight child poverty in America.”

Of course, highlighted in the Sony hack wasn’t just the pay gap between millionaire actors. Being overlooked were the rest of the employees that go into making films from various departments.

“The thing though, a lot of people don’t talk about with the Sony hack, because I know a lot of people in different aspects of the industry, is the Sony hack information didn’t just talk about actors’ pay scale,” says Arquette. “It also talked about editors, and sound mixers, and all different departments and how there was a big disparity.”

Coincidentally, the Academy Award-winning Arquette currently stars on CSI: Cyber. This week’s episode — “Corrupted Memory” — follows the story of a woman who is murdered while video chatting with her parents and the only witness is a person who hacked her computer and watched the crime through her webcam.

CSI: Cyber airs Sunday on CBS after The Good Wife.

Listen to Scott Shannon’s full interview with Patricia Arquette below.

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