Reese Witherspoon at the Oscars 2015

It's always guaranteed to be a very memorable night but this year's Oscars will go down in history as being one of the most pro-women yet, and its all thanks to the leading ladies who took the opportunity to bring to shed some much needed light on some very worthy issues. 

It was Best Actress nominee Reese Witherspoon who was first to kick off the feminist tone of the evening when she took to her Instagram before the show to demonstrate her support for a campaign that's been gathering some major steam around awards season; #AskHerMore. 

Taking to her Instagram, Reese posted this snap which clearly sums up what the movement is about. 

Captioning the shot, it's easy to see that this has struck a cord with the 38-year-old actress: '❤️ this movement #AskHerMore..have you heard of it? It's meant to inspire reporters to ask creative questions on the red carpet. I love the Oscars AND fashion like many of you - & am excited to share #WhoAmIWearing later tonight. (not yet!!) But I'd also love to answer some of these Qs....And hear your suggestions?! (Share em below!) There are so many amazing, talented nominees this year..! Let's hear their stories! Spread the word.#AskHerMore #Oscars #Countdown'

Reese proves that you don't have to choose between fashion and feminism — break it down and they're both tools of empowerment for women and employed by women.

While Reese may have got the feminism juices flowing, it was Patricia Arquette's politically strong but extremely moving speech as she accepted her Best Supporting Actress gong that really brought the house down. 

After going through the mandatory thank you's and playing homage to her amazing Boyhood cast and crew, Patricia's acceptance speech took a serious turn when she directly addressed one of the biggest issues faced by women the world over: equal pay. 

Patricia Arquette takes to the stage to accept her award and make her feminist stand at the Oscars 2015

And it went a little something like this: 'To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we've fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s time to have wage equality once and for all. And equal rights for women in the United States of America.'

Needless to say, the starry audience roared with applause [we're looking at you, J-Lo] and made the iconic that is Meryl Streep launch her own finger-point tirade. We're feeling you Meryl... 

She may have had only a few seconds on stage to get her message across but Patricia continued her testament backstage to a host of reporters who were waiting in the wings. She said: 'It is time for us. It is time for women. The truth is, the older women get, the less money they make. The highest level of children living in poverty is in female-headed households. It's inexcusable that we go around the world and talk about equal rights in other countries and we don't here.' 

Support for Patricia's statement continued on Twitter with self-proclaimed feminist Lena Dunham making her view on the matter short and concise. 

Ladies, you're an inspiration on SO many levels... 

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