At the 87th annual Academy Awards, women of Hollywood were demanded equality. Multiple actresses participated in the Ask Her More campaign via Twitter, during interviews on the red carpet and during acceptance speeches.
When Patricia Arquette received her Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, she used her thank-you speech as a time to talk about equality rights for women. She said, "To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else's equal rights. It's high time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America."
This year, multiple well-known actresses also participated in the right for equality for women by using the hashtag #AskHerMore on Twitter.
The Ask Her More campaign was a movement started by The Representation Project. It encourages reporters to ask award show nominees and actresses more creative questions on the red carpet. Some of Hollywood’s top women wanted to talk about more than fashion; they want to be asked engaging questions to give them the chance to talk about what they are doing in their careers.
Reese Witherspoon, Academy Award winner, was the face of the Ask Her More campaign on social media. A few hours before the show began, Witherspoon shared the #AskHerMore message on social media and asked for support from her followers and fellow actresses to tweet questions that they wanted answered on the red carpet.
Witherspoon addressed the equality issue of only being asked about her appearance at the Academy Awards as well. On the red carpet Witherspoon said, “"We're more than just our dresses. We are so happy to be here and talk about the work that we've done. It's hard being a woman in Hollywood or any industry.”
Other celebrities who participated in this movement demanded reporters ask about their careers. When Emma Stone, Academy Award nominee, was told she was beautiful by a reporter, she replied with, “Oh, thank you. That’s all that matters.”
Laura Dern, nominated for Best Supporting Actress in her role in Wild, participated as well by talking about how the ring she was wearing supports lung cancer awareness when Ryan Seacrest commented on her jewelry.
It’s safe to say that the women of Hollywood are ready to fight for the equality of women. The top trending hashtag #AskHerMore may end soon; but from the reaction of Patricia Arquette’s speech — the fight is not over.
--by Elisa Richards, PRSSA General Member
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