Control and Constraint: Margaret Thatcher and the Dynamics of Political Rhetoric During Prime Minister’s Questions

Courtney Wooten

Abstract: Margaret Thatcher, the first woman Prime Minister of Britain, was a controversial figure who has been largely ignored in feminist rhetorical scholarship. This article argues that the field should pay attention to political women in the 1980s to consider how they contributed to conservative and Neo-liberal ideologies that persist today. Examining Thatcher’s rhetorical performance in Prime Minister’s Questions during the Falklands War, this article argues that she manipulated her political context with great success and contributes to an understanding of diverse women’s rhetorical practices. 

Keywords: Margaret Thatcher, “Iron Lady,” neoliberalism, presidential rhetoric, women’s rhetorical practices 


Wooten, Courtney. "Control and Constraint: Margaret Thatcher and the Dynamics of Political Rhetoric During the Prime Minister's Questions." Peitho 20.2 (2018): 338-63.