Materials department slammed for ‘sexist’ invite

first_imgA spokesperson for Oxford University said: “We are looking into the matter but it is absolutely committed to gender equality, including the advancement of women in science.” Columns Sally Le Page, a YouTuber and biologist who read Biology at Oxford and is currently working on a DPhil, pointed out that Ploszajski’s invitation was addressed to “Alumnus, which is masculine singular.”https://twitter.com/sallylepage/status/979470252680544256 Facebook Columns TAGSeveryday sexismfeminismsexismTwitter “Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History”: Freedom Fighting, Queen Jezebel and India Out of the Frame: Praxiteles’ Aphrodite of Knidos The misogynist within: calling ourselves out Why the feminists in my college still call me a whore center_img Jeremiah O’Mahony RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Comment The Oxford Department of Materials has been accused of sexism after sending an invitation which garnered criticism on Twitter.In an invitation to the department’s alumni dinner – the first of its kind since 2013 – the Department wrote that “partners and wives are very welcome.”Department of Materials alumna Anna Ploszajski received the invitation and took to Twitter, using the popular hashtag #everydaysexism.Her caption read: “In which universe is it acceptable to say ‘partners and wives are very welcome’ on an invitation?”Um @OxfordMaterials in which universe is it acceptable to say “Partners and wives are very welcome” on an invitation? #EverydaySexism pic.twitter.com/tGeXKN8He8— Anna Ploszajski (@AnnaPloszajski) March 29, 2018Ploszasjki’s tweet prompted many other users to weigh in. Dr. Zoe Davies, materials scientist and biomechanist wrote: “Bring along the little lady, the poor dear won’t understand any of the long words but she can sit and smile politely.”Bring along the little lady, the poor dear won’t understand any of the long words but she can sit and smile politely — Dr Zoe Davies (@DrSelfy) March 29, 2018 Oxford City Council responds to concerns raised over Oxford street lighting News Life Ploszascki is an award-winning materials scientist, stand-up comedian, and science communicator. She has given a TED Talk and regularly performs eye-catching demonstrations of materials science.The Department of Materials later apologised “unreservedly” on Twitter.“An outdated unacceptable invitation template was used in error,” it said. “We are committed to gender equality and will do better.” Twitterlast_img

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