'...For once the great Meryl Streep fails to create a character from inside out & seems to be merely impersonating rather than embodying the complexities of Margaret Thatcher--Britain's first (& so far only) female Prime Minister. A doty old lady dimly remembers past glories. Can you imagine anyone thinking to make a Ronald Reagan BioPic with this structure?!?...'
Jan Lisa Huttner
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Jan Lisa Huttner is a member of the Women Film Critics Circle and the Chicago Film Critics Association. She also writes at The Hot Pink Pen, and is the author of the new book, Penny's Picks: 50 Movies By Women Filmmakers.
'...Not that this deliberate confusion surrounding The Iron Lady and Thatcher hasn't already spilled over into public discourse some time ago. Take for instance, the label 'Daughters of Thatcher' championed by conservative leaning women. And for whom Thatcher as inspiration held out hope for successful future lives, even as her massive privatization has led to a financial tailspin into the economic crisis currently in progress.
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On the other hand, there are those women referring to themselves as 'Thatcher's Girls.' A British term coined in the 1980s, when Thatcher's policies led to widespread unemployment. And a resulting upsurge in those who became prostitutes, and defiantly claimed that designation...'