March 05, 2018

If this year's Oscars are remembered for anything, it may be for making the term "inclusion rider" common parlance.

Mentioned by Frances McDormand at the end of her best actress acceptance speech, it refers to a clause actors can insist be added to their contracts.

McDormand said she had only become aware of the term recently. But it's actually been around since 2016.

It was coined by media researcher Stacy Smith in a TED talk she gave that year, in which she posited ways to show more women, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities on screen.

Dr Smith came up with the concept with Kalpana Kotagal, a Civil Rights & Employment practice attorney in Washington DC, and the producer and actor Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni.

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