OFFENDED: Sophie Conway, Carole Williams and Sade Etti
THREE BLACK councillors – Sophie Conway, Carole Williams and Sade Etti – were asked by a City Hall security guard if they were cleaners while attending an International Women’s Day event for ethnic minorities.
According to the three women, they arrived at at City Hall at around 8pm, and they were met by two security guards and said one of them “joked” about whether they were there to clean.
In a statement to the Evening Standard Cllr Williams said “We had been invited to this event at City Hall to mark International Women’s Day.
“When we arrived at the door we were greeted by two security guards. One asked if we were there for an event or to clean. It was a bit shocking."
“I think it was clear from his face at the time that he thought it was a joke," she added. “We were really taken aback by it so we didn’t respond to it. I didn’t think that would be productive.
“It is not what you expect in a multi-cultural, diverse, 21st century city like London. It is an indication of the sort of treatment women are still subjected to on a daily basis.”
Since the incident went public, people on Twitter have shared their thoughts on it all. Read a couple of them below: