Patricia Arquette To Give Keynote Speech At Illinois State University
Actress Patricia Arquette attends the Hammer Museum Gala in the Garden honoring Laurie Anderson and Todd Haynes sponsored by Bottega Veneta, in Westwood, California, on October 8, 2016 – Photo: AFP/Valerie Macon.
Actress Patricia Arquette will deliver a keynote speech at Illinois State University later this week. The Boyhood star will address students and members of the public on Thursday in Normal. According to the New York Post’s Page Six, Arquette will speak about a health organization she founded in 2010 following the devastating earthquake in Haiti.
Arquette has been active in a number of social causes and last month, she teamed up with officials at UN Women to unveil an equal pay platform to help fight the gender wage gap. The Equal Pay Platform of Champions tackles issues such as equal pay laws, parental leave and childcare policies, and minimum living wage.
The 49-year-old is also a vocal advocate of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) issues and earlier this month she was honored with the Vanguard Award at the GLAAD Media Awards for her work on behalf of the community. At the ceremony in California, she paid tribute to her late sister Alexis Arquette, who passed away in September after suffering a cardiac arrest.