Tuesday 20 February 2018

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

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

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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