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The real iron ladies

Issue No. 2285

The iron ladies

The iron ladies' protest

Miners’ wives and other women supporters of the 1984-5 Miners’ Strike unfurled a banner (right) last Friday outside the first Chesterfield showing of the new film about Margaret Thatcher.

The film is called The Iron Lady—but the women say they are “The Real Iron Ladies”.

The veterans from the Women’s Action Groups say they are protesting against Hollywood rewriting history.

“The film suggests that Thatcher stood up bravely against a male establishment and was a women’s champion,” said Toni Bennett, who was an organiser with the Bolsover Women’s Action Group during the strike.

“Nothing could be further from the truth. Thatcher mobilised every arm of the state against striking miners and coalfield women.”

She added, “If your children cannot find work today, and there are a million out there, remember what Thatcher did to smash our industries.”

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Tue 10 Jan 2012, 19:50 GMT
Issue No. 2285
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