Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Thatcher changed history - Gillard

09 April 2013, 12:00

Sydney - Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Tuesday said Margaret Thatcher "changed history for women" by opening the door to females taking high-powered leadership roles.

While a polarising figure, the "Iron Lady" shattered the political glass ceiling by becoming Britain's only woman premier, something Gillard, as Australia's first and only female leader, can relate to.

"Margaret Thatcher was a woman who changed history for women," said Labour leader Gillard in tribute to the 87-year-old conservative who died on Monday.

"Obviously, Margaret Thatcher and I did not share a political outlook on the world.

"But as a woman, I am admiring of her achievements becoming the first woman to lead the United Kingdom, the first female prime minister there.

"Many around the world will be reflecting upon her life and times today, as is appropriate with the loss of such a significant figure," said added.

"For women around the world, they will be reflecting on the loss of a woman who showed a new way forward for women and a way into leadership."

Emotional, intellectual

Gillard has been outspoken in promoting women in leadership roles and last year sparked global headlines when she called Australia's opposition leader a misogynist in a speech which went viral and won international praise.

Former Australian prime minister Malcolm Fraser, who was leader at the same time as Thatcher, also praised her, highlighting her intellect.

"In some ways she was a mixture because she had emotional reactions but she also had a very powerful intellect," he told ABC radio.

"In discussions with her it was always important that you got on to the intellectual side ... and once you did, you found a powerful, rational argument for a course of action."

Fraser first encountered Thatcher in 1969, when the two were education ministers for their countries.

"I didn't predict then that she would become one of Britain's greatest prime ministers," he said.

"I think she did enormous good for the British economy."



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...