Maggies male colleagues believed women were too hysterical for politics!June 11th, 2008 - 4:27 pm ICT by ANI
London, June 11 (ANI): When Margaret Thatcher became the leader of the Tory Party, many of her old fashioned male colleagues believed she would never last - because of the belief that women were inclined to bouts of hysteria.
Baroness Shirley Williams, the Lib Dem peer and former Labour cabinet minister, says on Dinner With Portillo that a lot of the reasons men in those days believed that women could not be good leaders had to so with the Freudian fallacy, reports the Daily Express.
I remember when she first got elected as the leader of the party, people used to talk to me about all kinds of reasons why she couldnt be Prime Minister and they were mostly related to biology, she says.
Remarks like Theyre inclined to hysteria, They cant keep their cool if theres a real crisis and If theyre passing through the change of life theyre going to be incapable of handling anything.
There was a great deal of this kind of stuff from Tory MPs I knew when I was in the House of Commons, which has now completely gone by the board. Nobody talks like that any more. (ANI)
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