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Patricia Arquette Drops Ultimate Feminist Mic During Oscar Speech

Meryl Streep approves, and so do we.

"Boyhood" may be a movie about a white man, but a win for the movie brought us what might be the most powerful feminist message of this year's Academy Awards.

When Patricia Arquette took the stage to accept the statue for Best Supporting Actress -- an award she also won at the Golden Globes, the BAFTAs and the SAG Awards -- her speech began with the expected thanks to the Academy, her "Boyhood" collaborators and her "beautiful, powerful" fellow nominees. It's how she closed the speech that made us feel the girl power:

"To every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else's equal rights," she said, "it's our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the united states of America!"

Cue mic drop.


Fellow nominee Meryl Streep totally approved, flashing a thumbs up from the audience, and so do we. (And Meryl's seat mate Jennifer Lopez. Can't forget JLo!)