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Powerful role model on paper, but she was too divisive to inspire

Published 09/04/2013 | 05:00

Instinctively, she understood the power of imagery. In her own way, she was as iconic as Madonna, also blazing a trail at that time

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POWERFUL role models for young women were few and far between when I was starting out in the workplace in Thatcher's Britain. In theory, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was the shining exception – in practice, she proved too divisive to be a genuine source of inspiration.

It didn't help that she proved inflexible over the Long Kesh hunger strikers, dismissing their demands for political status in 1981 with, "Crime is crime; it is not political."

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