She wrote Hollywood’s ‘inclusion rider.’ But she fights for women at Walmart, chicken plants and hospitals, too.

    By: Nor Attisha on Mar 09, 2018

    Petula Dvorak writes, “Kalpana Kotagal tried to stay awake for the Academy Awards, but she didn’t make it.

    The mother of two had to be up early on Monday morning to volunteer in her child’s kindergarten class. So she was sound asleep by the time her passion, her life’s work, the thing she fights for day after day, became the buzz of the nation.

    Two words uttered by Frances McDormand as she picked up her best actress Oscar: inclusion rider.

    Kotagal, the 40-year-old Washington lawyer who actually wrote the contract stipulation McDormand made instantly famous, had no idea she made national news.

    “I woke up, and when I picked up my phone, it had all these messages,” she said.

    Interviews with reporters from all over the world filled her day (after the gig in kindergarten, of course).

    The term “inclusion rider” shot to the top of Google’s most-searched list. It trended on Twitter. An “Inclusion Rider” T-shirt with McDormand’s face on it was being sold online.”

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    Released: March 9, 2018, 2:44 pm | Updated: March 9, 2018, 2:45 pm
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