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Sophie Smith
Oxford security makes a woman cleaner scrub out “Happy International Women’s Day” on the Clarendon steps. What an image for , .
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Oxford University Mar 8
Replying to @DrSophieSmith
We are deeply sorry for this and for offence caused. International Women's Day is hugely important to Oxford. This should not have happened.
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Sophie Smith Mar 8
Replying to @UniofOxford
I appreciate your apology, but far more importantly can you please make sure that the woman asked to remove the message receives a heartfelt apology, a warm cup of tea, the rest of the day off and, along with all our precarious staff, good enough pay to live in this city.
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Sophie Smith Mar 8
No, you do not have my permission to use this image anywhere on MailOnline, nor in print.
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kasif Hanif Mar 9
People are so offended these days by the smallest thing. What offends you does not offend others. International women's day was over so you need to clean up. Just like we clean up New Years decorations after the New Year. Or Christmas decorations after Christmas its bloody normal
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𝓡osie 𝑊 Mar 9
Why didn't you go over there + tell her to stop doing it + to drop her brush + walk away to a cafe for that cuppa?
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James Attew Mar 9
This tweet is ludicrous - warm tea? Tea that isn’t piping hot is disgusting.
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Sophie Smith Mar 10
This happened on International Women's Day, during a peaceful rally for International Women's Day, with talks about the need to unite the pensions strike in Oxford with the fights of more precariously employed or low paid working people to secure fair wages + working conditions.
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Sophie Smith Mar 10
You make an excellent point, not least because it had recently been sleeting, and tepid tea wouldn't warm anyone.
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noname Mar 10
If I was the cleaner in question I'd be mortified I was being used this way. Do you not realize international women's day or not most women still have do the job they get paid for? Complain about the ones who wrote it making extra work for the woman
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Sophie Smith Mar 10
Hi Colette, the point is the particular task she was asked to do, and the timing (during a peaceful International Women's Day rally). As you rightly say, she was just doing what her employers asked of her; but they should not have asked this of her, as they themselves recognise.
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noname Mar 12
Thats fine. International women's day meant nothing to me. I still had go shopping. From iceland to liddl to dunnes getting bargains. Then it was cooking and cleaning as usual. Was normal day for most women. Cleaning lady included. That's her daily job. That's what she does
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Albina Karyaeva Mar 12
Hi Sophie, is this your photo? May we use it with your courtesy on all and platforms? Thanks!
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Sophie Smith Mar 12
Never suggested she was 'traumatised' so needed a cup of tea! Said it because it was absolutely freezing outside (sleeting earlier), she was in a t-shirt + I think employers should care about their employees (also behind my point about pay: workers in this uni deserve fair pay).
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noname Mar 12
If I'd seen it I'd have apologized to her and offered hand to clean it. The person at fault here is the one who decided to write it. They obviously didn't give a thought to the fact someone was going have clean it.did anyone even ask the lady did she mind doing it?
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Sophie Smith Mar 12
Replying to @colettem51
Context matters: it was chalk, uni often allows that kind of thing, it was a small message celebrating IWD, which began as a day to celebrate all working women, which the uni officially supports. No one *had* to clean it up. Uni chose to ask someone to do it, then regretted it.
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Sophie Smith Mar 12
Replying to @colettem51
We agree though that I wish I had gone to speak to her myself. It all happened very quickly and I never expected that it would blow up like this (Twitter lesson learned). If I do get any fee from newspapers who used image w/o permission it will go between her and the union.
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noname Mar 12
Replying to @DrSophieSmith
Course it was going to have get cleaned up. It was graffiti.I just think saying something to her would have been more appropriate than putting it on here.
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Sophie Smith Mar 12
Replying to @colettem51
Part of our disagreement here is over the assumption that this message had to mean extra work for cleaning staff. Chalk + English weather + university traditions + nature of message = not unreasonable to think no one would be asked to clean anything. Uni should have left it.
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Sophie Smith Mar 12
Replying to @kalbaina @UniofOxford
Hi Albina. It is my photo and sorry, no, you do not have my permission to use it on any of those platforms.
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