SIM Ep 225 Doc 2 Pt 1: That Bloody Woman – Exploring Margaret Thatcher's Legacy

Forty years after Margaret Thatcher became the UK's first female Prime Minister, she remains one of the most divisive names in British political history. We wanted to explore her political legacy today, so asked 22 women - some of whom knew her, most of who spent their formative years in Thatcher's Britain - about how Thatcherism changed, and continues to change the country we live in.

In this first part of a two-part special podcast, we look at the effect That Bloody Woman had on women and minorities. Featuring the thoughts of Jess Phillips MP; author Val McDermid; former leader of the Women's Equality Party, Sophie Walker; political commentator Ayesha Hazarika; Stonewall founder Lisa Power; Southall Black Sisters' Pragna Patel; former health minister Edwina Currie; and journalist Samira Ahmed, among many others.

In part two, we'll be focusing on what Thatcher did for - or indeed to – country, society and state. We talk to even more brilliant women, including author Claire Allan, writer AL Kennedy, comedian Jo Caulfield and some of the women from the Sheffield Women Against Pit Closures.

Credits: "Super Power Cool Dude" Kevin MacLeod (, Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License,  

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