International Women's Day is commemorated every year around the world. Although every day is our day, March 8 is a focal point the movement for women's rights. It's beautiful and it's empowering.
Someone at the University of Oxford in England paid a simple tribute to women by writing the words "Happy International Women's Day" in chalk on the steps outside of the Clarendon building. Everything was fine and dandy until, apparently, the facility's security guards asked a female custodian to remove it.
Associate Professor of Political Theory, Sophie Smith, captured the ironic moment a woman was cleaning the message while a group of men stood nearby.
"Oxford security makes a woman cleaner scrub out 'Happy International Women’s Day' on the Clarendon steps. What an image for #IWD, @UniofOxford. #strikeforUSS #UCUstrike," she expressed.
Shortly after, the degrading photo sparked the Twitterverse to explode.
The official Twitter account for Oxford University later responded to the viral tweet, stating: "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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