Margaret Thatcher Feminism Quotes

Margaret Thatcher: a pioneering woman with no time for feminists

Lord Hurd, who served as minister for Europe, Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary, said Baroness Thatcher was left “cold” by feminist ideology.

Baroness Thatcher has been criticised by some women for appointing only one woman to her Cabinet - Janet Young, who was leader of the Lords.

At times, she sought to make political advantage of her sex, likening the nation’s accounts to a housewife’s budget and saying in 1975: “I've got a woman's ability to stick to a job and get on with it when everyone else walks off and leaves it."

However, she had no time for the women’s liberation movement, saying seven years later: “I owe nothing to women's lib."

“She wasn’t a feminist. All that line of argument left her cold, ” said Lord Hurd today.

He denied she had any responsibility to promote women within Government. “That wasn’t her job for heaven’s sake, ” he said. “She wanted to appoint the best people.”

Lord Hurd said of her election by the Conservative Party: “They didn’t look around for a woman at all. They looked around and they found Margaret Thatcher, because she was needed at the time.”

She could become “very feminine” when it was politically opportune, Lord Hurd added. But her greatest skill was a dogged determination that saw her grind down rivals.

“I don’t think any other Prime Minister would have got the [European] rebate in the way she did. She was persistent. That was her secret.

“She wouldn’t let go. She got hold of a subject, and once she’d mastered it and got all the figures in her head, she went on and on and on, until through sheer exhaustion and exasperation the others gave her most of what she wanted.”

Meryl Streep, who won an Academy Award in 2012 for portraying Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, said today: "Margaret Thatcher was a pioneer, willingly or unwillingly, for the role of women in politics. To have come up, legitimately, through the ranks of the British political system, class-bound and gender-phobic as it was, in the time that she did and the way that she did, was a formidable achievement."

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I think old maggie drinks as much as her husband Dennis. But he has to have a drink just to look at her!

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Like the above answerers point out, Thatcher proves that women don't need feminism to succeed in the world. In fact you might even say she is one of the main anti-feminists in the UK. She hated freeloaders, and feminists are always insisting on a free lunch.
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I would love to have seen Thatcher and Harman discuss wages in the House of Commons. Harman would be mincemeat.

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