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Trailblazer or no? Your say on Thatcher


We asked you on Twitter whether Margaret Thatcher was good for women. Was the UK's first female Prime Minister a trailblazer or anti-sisterhood all the way? There's no greater testimony to the way in which she polarised opinion than the massive gulf of opinion seen in your response.

Replies flooded in - some of you argued that politics aside, Thatcher proved her place in a man's world and for that alone she was inspirational. And others claimed she was anything but a woman's woman, the definitive anti-feminist. Some heralded her as fearless and motivational, others insisted she actively damaged women's prospects. No-one sat on the fence. Where do you stand? Join the debate here or take a look at some of the Twitter responses, below.

See Stylist assess the legacy of Margaret Thatcher here.

Margaret Thatcher: Female trailblazer or anti-sisterhood?


"@StylistMagazine MT was a pioneer of the working woman we know today. Fearless, motivated, incredible!"


"@StylistMagazine from a woman who called feminism poisonous, i'm assuming your q is a joke?"


"@StylistMagazine I feel knowledge of the last 30+ years gives a clear insight - she didn't have a positive effect on anyone."


"@StylistMagazine When she came to power I thought we would all get free sanitary towels and tampons, how wrong I was."

@zoejewel 15h

"@StylistMagazine Yes most definitely, How can you say she wasn't! ?"


"@StylistMagazine That's an easy one... no. Not unless you were rich. Even then you weren't as important to her as a rich man."


"@StylistMagazine strong-willed and fearless, yes. A women's women, sadly not #Thatcher"


"@StylistMagazine Absolutely not. She adopted all the worse of male attributes in power."


"@StylistMagazine She showed what you could do with a millionaire husband who had the right connections."


"@StylistMagazine absolutely. She rose to the highest office on merit and was a wife and mother. Proof we can achieve in a man's world."


"@StylistMagazine no way !!"


"@StylistMagazine definitely! How can people think otherwise? As a woman she achieved loads #thatcher"


"@StylistMagazine Her achievements, yes. And despite her political legacy she was fearless. You have to give her credit for that. #thatcher"


"@StylistMagazine You're joking, right?"


"@StylistMagazine she was very passionate."


"@StylistMagazine No, first female PM but did nothing to help women get on. The 'greed is good' culture she promoted hurt women's prospects"


"@StylistMagazine she said feminism was a poison."


"@StylistMagazine That Thatcher woman knows what she's talking about!"


"@StylistMagazine #Thatcher I believe she Was. May her soul rest in peace"


"@StylistMagazine not the ones in her parliament, the wives of miners or victims of the shoot to kill policy and countless others."


"@StylistMagazine Until a girl can imagine herself,picture herself as prime minister,she won't b-com 1.#Thatcher helped widen girls ambition"



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