Oxford University accused of sexism after inviting 'wives and partners' to dinner

Dr Anna Ploszajski tweets screenshot of the email using #everydaysexism hashtag

Daniel Hammond
Tuesday 03 April 2018 16:09
The department has now apologised, saying it is ‘committed to gender equality’
The department has now apologised, saying it is ‘committed to gender equality’

Oxford University has come under fire after a department invited alumni to a dinner, with the invitation stating “partners and wives” were welcome.

Sent from the Department of Materials Alumni Association, the message asked if graduates would like to attend a dinner event at Oxford’s St Edmund Hall.

Dr Anna Ploszajski tweeted a screenshot of the email using #everydaysexism, which is popularly used to share accusations of sexism on a day-to-day basis.

The award-winning materials scientist and engineer wrote: “In which universe is it acceptable to say ‘partners and wives are very welcome’ on an invitation?”

Current Oxford PhD student Sally Le Page pointed out that addressing the invite to “alumnus” was also incorrect as it is the male singular form of the word.

Dr Ploszajski said the invitation was an example of ‘#everydaysexism’

The department tweeted an apology, saying: “An outdated unacceptable invitation template was used in error. We are committed to gender equality and will do better.”

A University of Oxford spokesperson said it was “looking into the matter but it is absolutely committed to gender equality, including the advancement of women in science”.


Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in