Thatcher was anti-feminist: Critic

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 00:00

London, April 28: Margaret Thatcher was the only woman to have held the office of prime minister in Britain, but a critic feels that she was anti-feminist and did nothing directly to promote the interests of women.
Thatcher, who was prime minister from May 1979 to
November 1990, held one of the longest tenures in 10 Downing
Street. She was once proclaimed as the `only man in the
Cabinet`.

A colloquium will be held at the University of the West
of England (UWE), Bristol on 8 May to mark the 30th
anniversary of Thatcher`s election as the Conservative prime
minister in 1979, and to look critically at her legacy.

"Margaret Thatcher is remarkable in that she is the only
woman to have held the office of Prime Minister in this
country and yet she did nothing directly to promote the
interests of women – if anything, she was very anti-feminist",
Colloquium organiser Estella Tincknell, Reader in Media and
Cultural Studies at UWE said.

She added that Thatcher`s policies stopped the move
towards a more equal society that had been taking place over
the previous fifty years in the UK by placing the onus of
achievement onto individual success regardless of the social
consequences.

"It is no coincidence that her period in office saw the
rise of the yuppie and the beginnings of a national obsession
with property values rather than human values. We are just
beginning to question this transformation as a society in the
aftermath of the global economic crash", Tincknell said.

According to Tincknell, Thatcher`s time in power during
the 1980s gave rise to some interesting fashions – shoulder
pads, business suits and pussy bows - and "influenced the
assumption not only that women had to behave like men in order
to succeed at work but that there was no need for feminism
because women were now more successful than men".

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First Published: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 00:00
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