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The internet explains ‘inclusion rider’ following Frances McDormand’s speech

Her acceptance speech sent many people to Google.


Tiffany Kelly


Posted on Mar 4, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 10:51 pm CDT

Frances McDormand won, as predicted, the best actress Oscar for her performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Her acceptance speech was one of the most engaging ones of the evening—she asked every other woman nominated in every category to stand up. McDormand also ended her speech with a term that puzzled a lot of people: “inclusion rider.” What exactly is an inclusion rider? The internet frantically Googled the term after the speech.

Merriam-Webster even tweeted that ‘inclusion’ was the top search word on Sunday night. ‘Rider’ followed close behind.

Luckily, many people on Twitter did know what inclusion rider meant, and they explained it succinctly. Basically, it’s a diversity requirement for a project.

If you’d like even more information on what an inclusion rider is, social scientist Stacy Smith explains the term in a TED talk from 2016:

A-listers, as we all know, can make demands in their contracts, particularly the ones that work on the biggest Hollywood films. What if those A-listers simply added an equity clause or an inclusion rider into their contract? Now, what does that mean? Well, you probably don’t know, but the typical feature film has about 40 to 45 speaking characters in it. I would argue that only 8 to 10 of those characters are actually relevant to the story. The remaining 30 or so roles, there’s no reason why those minor roles can’t match or reflect the demography of where the story is taking place. An equity rider by an A-lister in their contract can stipulate that those roles reflect the world in which we actually live.

Watch the whole talk below:

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*First Published: Mar 4, 2018, 11:48 pm CST