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Margaret Thatcher, U.K.’s first female leader, rejected feminist label


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But 23 years after she was forced from power by a rebellion in her own party, how much have things really changed?

Thatcher is still the only female leader Britain has had, and the only female leader of a major political party.

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Today, 23 percent of British lawmakers are female, a big increase from 3 percent when Thatcher was elected prime minister in 1979. But there are only five women in Britain’s 32-member Cabinet.

"There were women who really admired her for having come from where she did and got where she did," Webster said. "But she didn’t do anything that would have facilitated other women to follow in her footsteps."




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