There's a female Prime Minister. QUICK! She needs a nickname!

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I don't normally write about politics but this morning I heard something that annoyed me so much I couldn't not write about it.

Women have been fighting for equality in jobs for an age, whether it's equal pay or just the opportunity to get the powerful jobs, but there's always something to prevent or diminish that equality.

We now have a female Prime Minister for the second time EVER. I am proud to have a woman in the most powerful job in the country. I don't know a lot about Theresa May but her being a woman is going to help a lot of young women realise it is possible to have a job of power.

However, when watching the news this morning I heard that during the G20 summit Theresa May has been dubbed "Aunty May". She has been in the job for a little less than 2 months and she already has a nickname.

There's only one other politician I can think of that had a nickname. 


Margaret Thatcher.


Margaret Thatcher was known as the "Iron Lady" because of her politics apparently. I was too young to know much about her and her politics but again I'm proud that she was the first woman to become Prime Minister.

The only two women that have ever been Prime Minister in this country both have nicknames. Nicknames the press seem to quote constantly.

David Cameron didn't have a nickname. Tony Blair didn't have a nickname. John Major didn't have a nickname.


The two Prime Ministers who have nicknames are both women.

It makes me wonder if the reason they're given these nicknames is to diminish the fact that they hold/held the most powerful job in the country. Some people can't cope with a woman being in power and so they have to find a way to make it more bearable. Whether it's "Iron Lady" inspiring images of a hard woman who won't take any nonsense, or "Aunty May" which makes me think of an older aunty who likes knitting and drinking tea, having nicknames draws away from the Prime Minister.

To me these women are powerful, they are strong, and they are women to be respected. Their names are Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May, not "Iron Lady" and "Aunty May". I don't care what their politics are/were, this isn't about that, I care about the example they're giving to our young women. 

I was very young when Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister, I was just 9 years old when she left the job, but knowing there had been a female Prime Minister made me believe I could do anything. It made me strive to do my best in school.

Now we have a female Prime Minister again and I hope the young women in our country can look to her and see the possibilities. They don't have to want to become Prime Minister but seeing a woman in power shows it can be done, in banks, in offices, in anything you can think of. 

I don't have daughters but having a woman as Prime Minister also teaches my boys that women can be in jobs of power. They can be strong, they can lead, they are equal.

While the media are trying to diminish Theresa May's power by giving her nicknames and commenting on her outfit (typical!) I will continue to respect her. She is a woman in a powerful job, she will have to fight her corner, she will have to be strong, but I have no doubt she will do it.

We have a new Prime Minister and her name is Theresa May.


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34 comments:

  1. Fabulous article Morgan. Such an important issue raised. I went to Somerville College, Oxford, where Margaret Thatcher went and I was immensely proud. I look up to these women regardless of whether I support their politics. X

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  2. I never realised it but you are right. Another fact that shows how politics is such a mysoginistic world! #FamilyFun

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  3. I haven't caught the news the past few mornings and I'm glad I didn't. Things like this wind me up so much! She is a leader. She doesn't need a stupid nick name. For heaven's sake. Aunty May. Ridiculous. #Bestandworst

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    1. I'm not usually that vocal when it comes to politics but this really wound me up. I couldn't not write that post, it just flowed onto the page. Thank you for your comment. xxx

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  4. I hadn't heard this but you make a really good point. Why just the women? Also it is a ridiculous name; very patronising really. Great post and thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x

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    1. Thanks Sarah, I know that some of the men (Tony Blair, David Cameron) have been called silly names in the past but none of them stuck and certainly didn't go down in the history books. It makes me both sad, and mad! xx

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  5. This is why I hate the media, I heard about this story and its so frustrating isn't it. I'm pretty sure that Tony Blair has a few nicknames now though!? Thanks for linking up to #FamilyFun. Hope you can come back next week!

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    1. Haha, yes I believe he does. However, they won't be the names people quote in the future. He will always be Tony Blair. Unfortunately that isn't the case for Margaret Thatcher and even if "Aunty May" doesn't stick there'll be other names for Theresa May. It is such a shame that the media feel the need to do it.

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  6. Totally agree with you.

    I have a few 'nicknames' for David Cameron but I'd best not repeat them here ;) x

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    1. haha I know what you mean Meg, thanks. x

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  7. Well said. There has been so much talk about Theresa May being a woman - it is fab, truly, that we have a female PM. What is more is she was at the time in those circumstances the right person for the job irrespective of her sex. Whilst the world has moved on to a place where we have woman in these powerful roles it hasn't moved on enough that we don't make a big thing about it - reiterating the fact that they are woman, because it is still noteworthy, apparently. Further, giving them a nickname for being female is nothing short of insulting. I could go on for hours about this but suffice to say you raise an excellent point. These woman have names that should be used and regardless of your politics they should be respected.

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    1. Thanks! It really is sad (and insulting) that society feels the need to give nicknames to women in power. I can only hope that by the time I have grandchildren this will have changed.

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  8. Whoops forgot to thank you for linking up at #familyfun - got all Carried away on my high horse xxx

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  9. I have never actually taken any time to think about this but you are so right! Why so they need nicknames Is it because the men feel threatened by a woman in power. Women don't need nicknames although I have a few myself for David Cameron right now ;) #PoCoLo

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    1. Haha me too Tracey! I do think it's a way for men to make themselves feel better. :)

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  10. I agree Hun it is so annoying that our press have to belittle female prime ministers in this way! Great post! ❤️

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    1. Thanks Catie, like I said I wouldn't ordinarily write about politics but this got me so annoyed! The Hubby still likes talking about it because he knows how wound up I get! ;)

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  11. Yes! This is spot on! As a mummy of 2 girls, I think it's great that we have a female PM. I hadn't even thought about the nickname thing but you're right - it takes power away from them (especially Aunty May - it sounds so weak and feeble). I'm glad you've written this - it needs saying. #PoCoLo

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    1. Thank you Lucy. I'm so proud to have a female PM right now, regardless of her politics.

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  12. This is brilliant....I hadn't even thought about it before but you are spot on.
    When Theresa May was made Prime Minister my teen said to me that she didn't even realise that women could be Prime Minister's....She thought it was just a mans job!

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    1. Oh gosh Kim! I'm so glad that your teen got to see a female PM then, perhaps she will now reevaluate what job she would like to do when she's older. After all, women can do anything!

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  13. I agree - what a nonsense. Not a fan of either of their politics BUT the fact that they are/were both women in a very much man's world (especially MT) I fully support that. Thanks for linking to #sharewithme

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    1. Thanks hun. There are some things about Theresa May's politics that I don't like and I was too young to understand Margaret Thatcher's politics. Having a female PM could make such a difference to girls growing up right now, and I think that's important.

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  14. I haven't heard this, was it in a tabloid newspaper by any chance?

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    1. I heard it on BBC news Suzanne. They were reporting details on the G20 summit and it was apparently a Chinese delegate that had referred to her as "Aunty May". The BBC seemed rather eager to report that fact - it saddened me.

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  15. Interesting one Morgan. This one had passed me by but it's a little patronising. I'm sitting here trying to think of a male politician with a nickname and struggling. And then of course we have Sam Cam! #PoCoLo

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    1. It's just so sad that a woman in power cannot do that without being called names or given a nickname. :(

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  16. Amen to that. usually as Nicky says it's the wives that get the nicknames, bet Mr May doesn't get one. And nor should he. I detest the double standards of our media at times, in all aspects of our lives #PoCoLo

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    1. I couldn't agree more Stephanie. I hate the double standards, it's insulting for both sides. x

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  17. There is actually quite a history of giving all our PMs nicknames, I really don't think its a specifically gender issue. Who could forget Teflon Tony or Call me Dave/Hameron - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_nicknames_of_Prime_Ministers_of_the_United_Kingdom

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    1. I understand that some PMs have had nicknames but those people are not known by their nickname - it isn't something that comes to mind when you think of them (at least not for me). However Margaret Thatcher will ALWAYS be The Iron Lady... that may not be the case for Theresa May, and I hope not, but it seems more likely.
      Thank you for stopping by Chris. :)

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