Meryl Streep Reveals Some Disappointing News About Congress

By Erica Murphy

We started off the week with some good White House news when we learned that Obama signed an executive order to give paid sick leave to roughly 300,000 Americans, but now Congress has taken the spotlight and let us down. Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep has taken it upon herself to push for equal opportunities, and it appears that the House and Senate don’t quite agree with her.

At the Telluride Film Festival, where Streep has been promoting her new film "Suffragettes," she revealed that she had personally written a letter to all 535 members of Congress, urging them to introduce new equality laws. And out of all 535 letters, only 5 people responded. That's less than 1 percent.

Streep said in her letter, "I am writing to ask you to stand up for equality — for your mother, your daughter, your sister, your wife or yourself — by actively supporting the equal rights amendment." We all remember when Streep practically shouted from the rooftops at the Oscars this year, when Patricia Arquette made a moving speech about equal rights, so it's no surprise that she's getting involved in the fight.

"Suffragettes" has already gotten some good press, and some Oscar buzz, so you can expect to see more women in Hollywood urging for Congress to support equal rights legislation. Well ladies, we support you.

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