Monday, March 2, 2015

Equal pay for equal work at the Oscars

For this week's belated entertainment entry,* I decided to tie it in with this month's Nablopomo theme about news and especially about women being newsworthy by featuring Patricia Arquette's acceptance speech at the Oscars.  That became newsworthy because of her call for equal pay and equal rights for women.  ABC News reports in Meryl Streep Cheers Patricia Arquette's "Equal Pay" OSCARS Speech .

Oscars 2015: Patricia Arquette says "All Women Deserve Equal Pay" as Meryl Streep Cheers loudly in the audience while sitting next to Jennifer Lopez. The winners for best supporting actor and actress describe their winning moments at this year's 87th Academy Awards.
Yes, pay inequality is a problem even at the top of the pay scale; it's that pervasive.

Arquette's remarks and the reaction to them prompted WXYZ to follow up in Women's equal pay issue at Oscars -- Rep. Christine Greig weighs in.

Representative Greig serves the distrct across the street from me, so I have more than a casual interest in her and the causes she champions. So far, I'm impressed.  However, she's only in her first term in Lansing, so she has much to learn about state government, such as its tendency to act like Michigan is Ignoreland.  I wish her luck; she'll need it.

As for the magnitude of the problem, I turn to John Oliver, who gives his humorous and informative take in Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Wage Gap.

John Oliver explores America's wage gap between men and women and proposes a possible solution.
Note: Solution proposed is 100% sarcastic.
Note, all the female presidents are fictional.  Here's to life imitating art in that regard.

*My wife and I were too busy watching our favorite Sunday shows for me to comment on entertainment.  It's happened before.

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