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Thanks To Frances McDormand, Everyone Is Wondering What An 'Inclusion Rider' Is

By Vanessa Nix Anthony

When Frances McDormand took the stage to nab her Best Actress award at the Academy Awards last night, you could tell she was a woman with a purpose. McDormand, who is know for her idiosyncratic portrayals of so-called "difficult women," set her Oscar down on the floor and asked for all the other female nominees (in her category and every other) to please stand. Informing everyone that it was time for "some perspective," she went on to say:

  Look around, ladies and gentlemen because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed. Don’t talk to us about it at the parties tonight.” (Motioning to a nonexistent wristwatch.) Invite us into your office in a couple days, or you can come to ours—whichever suits you best—and we’ll tell you all about them. 

But as feminist-warrior-in-Hollywood as that statement was, it was not that part that had Twitter aflutter afterward. No, that was instead, the two words said right before she walked off stage—inclusion rider.