But despite this, I'm not convinced, and I have always pointed out the fact that Thatcher was not a feminist and her policies actively took things away from many women, as Williams points out:
It is difficult to say what Thatcher meant by "the things women know". If she meant some kind of feminine intuition, that's laughable. If she meant the ancient, practical things that only women know, she must have been talking about childbirth (or periods?) and, again, it's difficult to divine any effect on policy. About the only thing Thatcher did for mothers was freeze child benefit, while at the same time castigating them for leaving their children in the "chaos of workplace creches".
Williams also, however, makes the point that Thatcher's smashing of the unions opened up many workplaces to women. Which is true, even if it makes one's lefty soul shudder.