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NAWL Congratulates Courageous Oscars Speeches

NAWL Applauds Patricia Arquette for her courageous Oscars acceptance speech, and Congratulates Graham Moore, son of Mid-Year Meeting Honoree Susan Sher

NAWL congratulates Patricia Arquette on her Oscar win for Best Supporting Actress last night for her role in Boyhood, and applauds her call to action for equal pay and equal rights for women. Her message clearly resonated with the high-profile audience who quickly jumped to a standing ovation, and we believe it resonated with many of the 43 million television viewers too. The entertainment industry is not alone in disparate pay and recognition for women, as Ms. Arquette recognized when she included "every woman who gave birth...every taxpayer and citizen of this nation".  We thank her for taking time in one of the highest profile moments of her career to call for economic equality for women, and we hope that more men and women will follow her lead.

We also congratulate Graham Moore, who won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Imitation Game. In his moving acceptance speech, Moore likewise used the opportunity of the worldwide stage to deliver a poignant and powerful message.  He encouraged men and women who feel weird and ostracized in their youth to take courage and inspiration from his own struggles. Moore is the son of Susan Sher, Senior Advisor to the President of the University of Chicago and the Executive Vice President of Medical Affairs and former Chief of Staff to Michelle Obama, who will receive the Public Service Award next week at NAWL's Mid-Year Meeting in Chicago.

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