‘Inclusion Rider’ Definition: What Frances McDormand Meant

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(L-R) Sam Rockwell, winner of the Best Supporting Actor award and Frances McDormand, winner of the Best Actress award pose in the press room during the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England.

Academy Award winner Frances McDormand gave an exuberant acceptance speech when she accepted the best actress Oscar, but one of her comments is getting particular attention. McDormand said she had two words she wanted people to remember: Inclusion rider.

“I have two words to leave you with tonight ladies and gentleman: Inclusion rider,” McDormand said, carefully enunciating each word.

This came after she had urged all women in the audience to stand up and be recognized. Many, although, not all did. The unusual speech had many people wondering what Frances McDormand was talking about? What is an inclusion rider?

Whitney Cummings, director, co-writer, and star of The Female Brain, explained on Twitter, “an inclusion rider is something actors put into their contracts to ensure gender and racial equality in hiring on movie sets. We should support this for a billion reasons, but if you can’t find a reason to, here’s one: it will make movies better.”

Here’s the video of McDormand making the comment:

Others caught on right away as to the meaning, sparking a Twitter trend.