Margaret Thatcher surrounded by other European leaders, including then taoiseach Jack Lynch, French president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, president Patrick Hillery and Italian prime minister Francesco Cossiga, at Áras an Uachtaráin in 1979. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

References to Margaret Thatcher habitually prompt familiar questions regarding her status as a trailblazer for women, or, indeed, as a feminist(...)