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Teresa May, Andrea Leadsom, Angela Eagle - it's the glass cliff!

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dragonsarebest Thu 07-Jul-16 18:57:30

This may have been posted already, but definition from wikipedia (quickest - there are plenty other sources):
"The glass cliff is a term that describes the phenomenon of women in leadership roles, such as executives in the corporate world and women political election candidates, being likelier than men to be put in leadership roles during periods of crisis or downturn, when the chance of failure is highest."

Sound familiar? God help them, whoever becomes PM. I was just fascinated that this was happening right in front of our eyes.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Thu 07-Jul-16 19:01:55


There is also Nicola Sturgeon, Leanne Wood, Ruth Davidson, Hillary Clinton, Angela merkel, Christine Lagard (sp) in rather prominent political positions.

BertrandRussell Thu 07-Jul-16 19:06:01

I've just posted something like that on another thread. I didn't know it was called that - aren't I clever!

dragonsarebest Thu 07-Jul-16 19:28:58

Yep, it's really interesting. I don't know what we can take from it though. Margaret Thatcher came in under similar circumstances but managed to survive so it'll be interesting to see what happens with these ones.

seagreengirl Thu 07-Jul-16 19:35:47

Yes I have been reading about it too, my jaw dropped. Women are more expendable angry

BertrandRussell Thu 07-Jul-16 19:39:11

That's actually what happened with Margaret Thatcher.....she was never intended to be Prime Minister.

dragonsarebest Thu 07-Jul-16 19:40:42

Yes expendable, and have to be seen to be fearless and dynamic in a way that men just don't, so will take on ridiculous challenges to prove that their capable. I was explaining it to my dear father last week and although he dislikes/mistrusts feminism (I know I know), even he was listening.

I am interested in how this applies to Merkel though, I should probably look deeper into the circs around her election.

dragonsarebest Thu 07-Jul-16 19:42:33

Bertrand, yes quite. She had no saviour though...I don't agree with her politics but she managed to weather the storm at the time.

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