TfL in sexism row over London Tube sign about suffragette Emily Davison

An everyday sexism row has broken out over an “inappropriate” and “disrespectful” Tube sign accusing a suffragette of failing to make her husband’s evening meal.

Commuters have described Transport for London workers as being “incredibly short-sighted” over the joke sign, which was written on a notice board to coincide with the 100 year anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in the UK.

It also comes weeks after singer Lily Allen pointed out another Tube sign that sparked anger amid accusations that it “celebrated colonialism”.

The more recent sign, photographed at Colliers Wood station in south-west London, read: “100 years ago, suffragette Emily Davison died after throwing herself in front of the king’s horse.

“History remembers her as being influential in giving women the right to vote.

“What history doesn’t remember is her husband, who didn’t get his tea that night!”

The photo was tweeted by Evelyn Clegg on Wednesday morning, who wrote: “Is this supposed to be funny, @tfl? Well this humourless feminist is genuinely appalled.

“Incredibly short-sighted & a waste of an opportunity for celebration.”

The tweet has sparked a number of responses, with one person posting: “Really? On the day we celebrated women getting to vote in general elections for the first time, someone thought this appropriate.”

Another said: “This is so embarrassing and not remotely funny. How did anyone see this going down well?”

Others called the message “appalling” and “so, so bad”.

Another person added: “Wow. Someone hugely misjudged that ‘joke’. How disappointing of TfL.”

Tfl’s official Twitter account replied to Ms Clegg’s original tweet, saying the sign was “unacceptable” and adding a message will be passed on to those responsible.

In addition to offending scores of people, the sign also says that Emily Davison died 100 years ago. She actually died in 1913 after she was struck by a horse owned by King George V’s at the Epsom Derby.

Tuesday marked 100 years since the Representation of the People Act was passed, granting some women over 30 in the UK the right to vote for the first time.

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