After bringing the audience—but more importantly, Meryl Streep—to its feet when she called for women's equality, Patricia Arquette took her new golden Oscar and made her way backstage where she continued to elaborate on her powerful words.
Talking to reporters at the Dolby Theatre, the Boyhood star further explained herself and why now is the time for women to be treated equally. She also acknowledged Meryl's epic response, pretty much fan-girling the way we all did when we watched her shriek with excitement.
"I heard about [Meryl's reaction], and I hugged her afterwards," the Oscar winner said. "She's the queen of all actresses—patron saint of actresses. So, it's amazing, but it is time for us. It is time for women. Equal means equal."
"The truth is," she continued, "the older women get, the less money they make...the highest percentage of children living in poverty are female-headed households, and it's inexcusable that we go around the world and we talk about equal rights for women in other countries and we don't...have equal rights for women in America and we don't because when they wrote the Constitution, they didn't intend it for women."