A 'Rising Power' in the World of UK Politics

July 19, 2016
By Qin HuaEditor: Huang Changhui
Teresa May delivers a speech. [Women of China]


David Cameron handed over his job as the UK's prime minister to his colleague Teresa May after they met the Queen in the afternoon on July 13. May has become the 13th PM during the reign of Queen Elizabeth Ⅱand the second female prime minister, following in the footsteps of Margaret Thatcher.

May, 59, was previously Britain's longest serving Home Secretary, having served since 2010.

The newly-promoted politician cares more about gender issues compared with Thatcher, say commentators. Besides her role of Home Secretary, May was also the minister of Women and Peace.

She was praised for helping more female members of the Conservative Party win at electoral safe seats from 2002-2003. She was also one of the founders of Women 2 Win, which aims at helping women get seats in the country's Parliament.

May has promoted several laws on gender equality, bringing "emotional abuse" into the category of domestic violence, questioning police methods how to settle cases of domestic violence and supporting both parents to shoulder the responsibility of raising children in order to help women go back to work.

May stated that to show the public women can be qualified for the top position is one of the reasons why she kept working so hard.

(Source:Women of China/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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