The Iron Lady's passing is a tragic event for her family, friends and supporters. Although my sympathy goes out to anyone mourning today, I can't help but be confused about all the articles coming out celebrating the life of "a great feminist." If Margaret Thatcher was a feminist, she did a really bad job of showing it. Here are five things the Iron Lady has said or done while she was in office that would have elicited a collective feminist "WHAT THE WHAT?" today. Because Liz Lemon is my reference for everything ever, every quote will be accompanied with the reaction she would have if she would have been in the room.
1. "The feminists hate me, don't they? And I don't blame them. For I hate feminism. It is poison."
2. Although Margaret Thatcher was prime minister for 11 years, she only elected one female in her cabinet, Baroness Young:
3.She believed in individuality, not society. She has actually uttered the words: "There is no such thing as society."
4. Although she was a working mother, she didn't do much for them as a group. She didn't increase child benefits nor was she interested in making childcare accessible and affordable for women:
5. She thinks gender equality was already solved by the 1980's when she said: "The battle for women's rights has largely been won. I owe nothing to women's lib."
Yes, because the fact that there have only been 28 female leaders of states in the past century and that England hasn't had a female prime minister since Thatcher must mean gender equality was solved. Thirty years ago. Ugh.
What do you think Liz Lemon would have to say to the Iron Lady?
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