Last Sunday, May 3, was the 30th anniversary of the election of Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s first female Prime Minister.
I don’t remember seeing any other posts and I’m sure I haven’t seen any from women bloggers. There may have been some I’ve missed and it could just mean that bloggers have lives and, like me, chose to blog on other things last week.
But it did remind me that feminists who celebrate women’s achievements often ignore those of right wing women.
That leads me to ask, are all feminists left wing and do they want women in power, or do they want people who share their views?
All else being equal I might back a woman before I’d back a man. But if other things weren’t equal, I’d support the best people and in politics that’s people with similar centre right views to me rather than women with a different political outlook.
I would be concerned if there were no women at all in parliament, but I’d rather have people there doing the right things than women doing the wrong things.
That’s why I consider myself a peopleist rather than a feminist.
Women should have equal rights and opportunities because they’re people not because they’re women and what gets done is more important to me than the gender – or come to that race or any other measure of diversity – of who does it.