Here’s why Theresa May will become Britain’s first female leader since Thatcher

July 12, 2016 9:05 AM

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Here’s why Theresa May will become Britain’s first female leader since Thatcher

By the end of this week, Britain will once again be led by a woman. Once David Cameron resigns his post, Home Secretary Theresa May will succeed him as British Conservative party leader, becoming Britain’s first female prime minister since Margaret Thatcher was defeated in a party leadership challenge in 1990.

It’s no accident that a woman came to the fore now. Research on party leadership suggests that, as has happened in Britain, women generally get the opportunity to lead during times of loss, decline and crisis.

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