The feminist who didn’t want to be called one - Christine Todd Whitman - POLITICO.com: "The first woman democratically elected as head of government in Europe, Margaret Thatcher inspired a generation of female leaders, including myself. She proved that a grocer’s daughter could rise to the highest elected office in the land purely through her hard work. The first in her family to attend college — at Oxford, no less — she then studied part time to be a lawyer while raising two children. Thatcher then convinced the Conservative Party to let her run to be a member of Parliament, and, in 1975, rose to lead her party. She was of the wrong class, and the wrong sex, and yet she managed to reach the political inner sanctum."
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