Equal rights. Wage gaps. Access to abortions. Important issues that drive the feminist movement. And the first step to addressing these issues? Starting a dialogue.
How does any movement begin? How did influential revolutions, like civil rights or women’s suffrage, take root? Someone got sick and tired of having their rights impeded upon and decided to say something about it. They got pissed and they got loud and they got shit done. They started a conversation, and those issues got addressed. Yes, there were several steps in between, but it all started with a dialogue.
Last night, Patricia Arquette began her own dialogue.
“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!”
Using her Oscar acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress in Boyhood, Arquette started a conversation. And guess what? People listened. She was heard. From those two sentences, that initial dialogue, millions of people are now talking about key issues of feminism.
Was the wage gap lessened by Arquette’s speech? Have we achieved equality over night? No. However, I am confident that we are now one step closer to achieving those goals.
Feminism, and the issues that are central to the movement, will only stay relevant so long as people keep talking. Great changes have occurred throughout history. And it all started because someone spoke up.