Not everyone was a fan of Patricia Arquette’s impassioned call for wage equality at the Oscar’s last night. On Fox & Friends, actress and Fox News Contributor Stacey Dash said she was “appalled” by Arquette’s comments.
Dash said that Arquette needs to “do her history.” She noted that in 1963, John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law. “I didn’t get the memo I didn’t have any rights,” Dash quipped.
Dash failed to mention that, upon signing the bill into law, Kennedy called the legislation a “first step” and stressed that “much remains to be done to achieve full equality of economic opportunity…” Kennedy said, “[O]ur journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts.”
Today, women still earn an average of 78 cents on the dollar — up just 17 cents since the Equal Pay Act. The picture is even worse for women of color. African-American women, for example, make just 64 cents for every dollar a white man makes.
Arquette has also been criticized from the left for comments she made backstage. “It’s time for all the women in America and all the men who love women and all the gay people and all the people of colour that we’ve fought for, to fight for us now,” Arquette said. Some commenters “pointed out the irony of a wealthy white woman begging people who are often worse off in society to help her out.”