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THE WORD IS OUT ON WORKING WOMEN

- — Lawler

At a Hollywood party Friday honoring the women nominated for Oscars this year, previous winners Jennifer Lawrence and Patricia Arquette shined a spotlight on a debate affecting women all over the country.

“When we talk about pay inequality, it’s not about Hollywood pay inequality. It’s not about actresses’ pay inequality; it’s about 98% of the industry has inequality,” Arquette told USA TODAY on the red carpet for Los Angeles Women in Film’s cocktail party. “It’s not just about lack of diversity in film, it’s the lack of diversity in CEOs and boardrooms and any position of power. There’s a bigger conversati­on to be had.”

Inside the party, Arquette gave a speech underlinin­g her passion on pay equality, urging the audience, including Alicia Vikander, Maria Bello and other members of the film industry, to sign a petition she is sponsoring supporting the resurrecti­on of the Equal Rights Amendment.

Jennifer Lawrence, a surprise attendee, echoed Arquette’s sentiments in an impromptu speech.

“I’m a huge fan of Patricia Arquette. I actually played a younger version of her once (in an episode of Medium), and I love that she stood up,” Lawrence said.

“We’re starting a conversati­on, we’re getting a dialogue going. ... I didn’t know I was going to be (speaking). ... Equal pay for women!”

 ?? JOE SCARNICI, GETTY IMAGES, FOR FIJI WATER ?? Patricia Arquette has plenty to say about equal pay in Hollywood at the annual Los Angeles Women in Film cocktail party Friday.
JOE SCARNICI, GETTY IMAGES, FOR FIJI WATER Patricia Arquette has plenty to say about equal pay in Hollywood at the annual Los Angeles Women in Film cocktail party Friday.
 ?? CHRIS WEEKS, GETTY IMAGES, FOR PERRIER-JOUET ?? Jennifer Lawrence finds herself onstage again — this time for a surprise speech — at the Women In Film gathering.
CHRIS WEEKS, GETTY IMAGES, FOR PERRIER-JOUET Jennifer Lawrence finds herself onstage again — this time for a surprise speech — at the Women In Film gathering.

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