Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s first female prime minister, did not meet her criteria to make it into her new book, “The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience.”
Clinton and her daughter Chelsea Clinton, who co-wrote the book, were asked about Thatcher’s absence from the book by a BBC radio host.
While Clinton admitted that Thatcher could be considered a “gutsy woman,” she felt that Thatcher did not meet the criteria of “knocking down barriers for others.”
“She does but she doesn’t fit the other part of the definition — in our opinion — which really is knocking down barriers for others and trying to make a positive difference. I think the record is mixed with her.”
Watch her comments below:
Hillary and Chelsea Clinton haven’t included Margaret Thatcher in their book of “gutsy” women@HillaryClinton tells @EmmaBarnett that Thatcher didn’t try to “make a positive difference” for other women— BBC Radio 5 Live (@bbc5live) November 12, 2019
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Clinton added that she had “a lot of understanding” of what it took to become Britain’s first female prime minister and saw her as a strong leader.
But as they examined, “What were the positive differences, the changes this person made that really opened the doors to more?” they couldn’t find positive differences Thatcher made for women, “That wasn’t that apparent.”
Clinton added that she felt Thatcher had “little interest” in promoting women.
“There was very little interest — apparently — in doing that. And also, her view of politics and her dismissal of the idea even of community, ‘There is no such thing,’ really struck me as being out of step with where we need to go. What kind of country, what kind of future we want.”
Clinton’s comments led to controversy on Twitter:
Hillary Clinton, queen of corruption and two-time failed presidential candidate, claims Margaret Thatcher didn’t “break down barriers for others” or “make a positive difference.” https://t.co/TTe4wwNLJN— Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) November 13, 2019
Let this sink in: Greta Thunberg, who has accomplished little outside of photo ops with celebrities and adult-crafted speeches, is worthy of being in Hillary Clinton’s new book about female leaders but Margaret Thatcher isn’t “gutsy” enough, according to Clinton’s BBC interview.— Ellen Carmichael (@ellencarmichael) November 13, 2019
Hillary and Chelsea Clinton say they didn't include Margaret Thatcher in their new book, "The Book Of Gutsy Women: Favourite Stories Of Courage And Resilience" because of her 'mixed record' in knocking down barriers for women. What incredibly small people the Clintons are.— Lorrie Goldstein (@sunlorrie) November 13, 2019
Margaret Thatcher is one of the greatest leaders of 20th century. But isn’t *gutsy* enough as female leader for @HillaryClinton. Want to know why we’re divided as nation? PM Thatcher ain’t *gutsy* enough and didn’t try to “make a positive difference” for other women.— James A. Gagliano (@JamesAGagliano) November 13, 2019
Hillary Clinton is a wretched person. Margaret Thatcher, the first female British PM, fought communism & her policies freed endless numbers of women from tyranny. She supported the fall of the Berlin Wall. That's what you call "knocking down barriers" & "opening doors to more." https://t.co/p1wjRoivUM— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) November 13, 2019
Margaret Thatcher rose from being the daughter of a grocer to staring down the Soviet Union. Hillary Clinton is a two-time non-president who lost to the most embarrassing human to ever hold the office. https://t.co/S0gUHs9eok— Christian Schneider (@Schneider_CM) November 13, 2019
Chelsea Clinton said they want to “write these women back into history” with their new book.