The Guardian has an article on whether Margaret Thatcher should be considered a feminist icon. Personally, I’m not a Thatcherite – while I can embrace the free market, I have little in common with social Conservatism. Margaret Thatcher would have been unlikely to identify with feminism, but she should be respected as a woman who challenged assumptions and broke through social barriers.
Margaret Thatcher normalised female power. She worked within the political structures of the time, some of which were explicitly masculine, others of which were simply “not feminine”, whatever you take those terms to mean. The accusation that she acted like a man rather than a woman says more about misplaced assumptions of a strict gender dichotomy than her politics.