Pandora: Harman's history gets a last-minute rewrite
Thursday 17 September 2009
Whoops! Embarrassment over at the Equalities Office, following Harriet Harman's booklet celebrating "women in power".
The Minister for Women and Equalities has been forced to arrange a hasty rewrite of the document after critics pointed to the omission of Margaret Thatcher from its pages.
The paper, Women In Power: Milestones, purported to chronicle the 28 most significant political events of the past century involving women. Although it included several lesser-known figures in the list, such as the UK's first Asian female MEP, Neena Gill, and the first black woman mayor, Lydia Simmons, the country's first female (and the 20th century's longest-serving) prime minister was given only a passing, anonymous mention.
It was initially thought the move was a deliberate bit of partisan "air-brushing", though a spokesman for the Equalities Office insists otherwise, claiming that Harman's omission was simply an "oversight".
Either way, the report, which was available online, has been pulled in order to add a new chapter on Thatcher. "We are not sure when it will be available. As soon as the change is made," explained a spokesman.
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