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Patricia Arquette defends her Oscar speech

Los Angeles: 'Boyhood' actress Patricia Arquette has defended her Academy Awards speech, which won her applause from the audience, but brickbats from some quarters too for demanding equal pay for women.

Patricia Arquette at the Oscars 2015 red carpet
Patricia Arquette at the Oscars 2015 red carpet. Pic/AFP

Arquette took to the Oscar stage after winning the Best Actress in a Supporting Role trophy at the 87th Academy Awards. Then, the 46-year-old took to Twitter Monday to defend herself, standing by her statements on women's rights, reports aceshowbiz.com.

"Wage equality will help ALL women of all races in America. It will also help their children and society," she wrote.

"Women have been basically paying a gender tax for generations. I have long been an advocate for the rights of the #LBGT community. The question is why aren't you an advocate for equality for ALL women?"

"If you are fighting against #Equalpay you are fighting for ALL women and especially women of colour to make less money than men. Guess which women are the most negatively effected in wage inequality? Women of colour. #Equalpay for ALL women. Women stand together in this," she added.

Arquette, who won the Oscar for her role as Olivia Evans in “Boyhood”, then shared a screenshot of “The Consequences of Gender Inequity”, captioning it: “I don't care if people are pissed The truth is that wage inequality adversely effects women.”

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