Some feminist commentators have dismissed Thatcher as the type of high-achieving woman who has no interest in challenging gender inequality but sees herself as an exception, an honorary man. In February 1952, Thatcher—then a 26-year-old aspiring politician—wrote an article for a popular tabloid, The Sunday Graphic, expressing the hope that Elizabeth II’s recent ascension as Queen of England would “help to remove the last shreds of prejudice against women aspiring to the highest places” and usher in a new era for women.
Deploring the “mistaken” idea that the family suffers when women combine marriage and motherhood with careers outside the home, she cited the inspiring examples of outstanding women in various fields—and warned that unless female success becomes more common, “we shall have betrayed the tremendous work of those who fought for equal rights.” This call to action was titled, “Wake Up, Women.” Other little-known facts in Thatcher’s biography also demonstrate that she did not avoid identifying with women.
Left-wing British journalist Fiona Millar asserts that it was the Labor Party, not the conservative Thatcher, that advanced women’s cause by promoting government-mandated paid maternity leave.
Yet there is evidence that overly generous “family-friendly” policies can trap women on the mommy track and make them less desirable employees, and thus be less conducive to dismantling gender inequality in the marketplace than the American-style individualism Thatcher championed.
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