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November 2020

Protected: Cleveringa Lecture 2020: Roméo Dallaire

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Margaret Thatcher and Her Sisters

The kind of woman I aspire to be.

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Today, the Baroness Thatcher (after her retirement from politics, she was given a peerage) was laid to rest.  In death as in life, Margaret Thatcher poses problems for feminists.  As the first and the only female Prime Minister of Great Britain, she shattered a ceiling whose hardness resembled granite more than glass.  Yet once in office, she did not fit the role expected of women pioneers.  She did not merely part company with contemporary feminists.  She disdained and ridiculed them.

The feminists hate me, don’t they?” she asked in a 1982 interview, three years into her tenure as Prime Minister.  “And I don’t blame them. For I hate feminism. It is poison.”

“I owe nothing to women’s lib,” she announced, and many feminists gladly returned the compliment.  They have accused her of pulling up the drawbridge behind her once she had gained entry into the corridors of power.   They have…

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