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Margaret Thatcher: a tenacious woman leader who broke new ground for women in politics

Apr 08, 2013

 

Ottawa:   Upon learning of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's passing today, Equal Voice (EV) wishes to take this opportunity to recognize the significance of  Ms. Thatcher's contributions as an exceptional woman in politics who made an indelible impact on countless women politicians who came after her. 
 
As the first elected woman leader of any country in the western hemisphere, Margaret Thatcher broke new ground as female Prime Minister of United Kingdom at a time when very few women were climbing the ranks of political power. She went on to make history in winning three consecutive terms as Prime Minister.
 
During a period when women’s leadership ambitions were regularly quelled, Margaret Thatcher presented a model of an unflinching and formidable leader who insisted on being recognized for her convictions.  Often the only woman leader in the room, she successfully rallied her party around her and adeptly made political alliances on the international stage.   
 
While her policies were widely regarded as divisive and provocative, she became a notable figure on the global political landscape who compelled other women to regard themselves as viable political players in a game that had long excluded or discouraged them.  
 
"She put to rest any doubt that women had the intellectual fortitude and tenacity to lead a major western nation and, in so doing, re-defined the expectations of women in politics for an entire generation," says Megan Harris, Equal Voice advocate and media columnist.
 
Even though Canada’s own first female Prime Minister, Kim Campbell, would only come to power three years after Ms. Thatcher resigned, a notable roster of women served as senior federal Ministers in both the Joe Clark and Brian Mulroney cabinets while Ms. Thatcher was in power.  
 
These included the Hon. Pat Carney who served as Minister of International Trade and Minister of Energy, Mines and Natural Resources, the Hon. Flora MacDonald who served as the first female Secretary of State for External Affairs, among other roles, and of course, The Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell who served under Mulroney as Ministers of Justice and National Defence before winning the party’s leadership in 1993.  
 
As the possibilities for women in politics have expanded significantly, it is clear that Ms. Thatcher's time in political office was integral to of the notable evolution of women's roles in politics.  
 
Equal Voice is Canada’s only national multi-partisan organization promoting the election of more women at all levels of government.  Founded in 2001, EV encourages, equips and celebrates women who seek election and succeed while in office. 
 
Stay tuned for the launch of our 2013 campaign, Be Her. Support Her. Celebrate Her. on April 15th.
 
For more information:
 
Nancy Peckford, Executive Director – 613-292-7941
 
Megan Harris, EV Spokesperson – 416-629-6603

 

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