The Art Society at Durham University then apologised for including her. Members of the society had been invited to take part in a portrait competition to mark International Women’s Day. Among the suggested subjects were Florence Nightingale, Cleopatra, Marie Curie, and Britain’s first female Prime Minister.
However, Mrs Thatcher was suddenly removed from the list.
Mrs Thatcher was not the only female personality to be removed.
French designer Coco Chanel was also removed from the list after complaints.
The organisers then issued an official apology.
The statement read: “Considering Durham’s history as a former mining town, the impact of Thatcher’s policies, as well as her homophobia, her inclusion was an error.”
The member’s statement also said: “Coco Chanel also had links to Nazis so her inclusion was also extremely erroneous.
“We can only apologise for any offence or insult to anyone in our community that this may have caused.”
Toby Young, general secretary of the Free Speech Union, accused the Art Society and their joint organisers, the History in Politics Society, of capitulating to “woke bullies”.
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This was in order to expose innate “racism, homophobia, transphobia and disability discrimination”.
In early February, Baroness Royall of Blaisdon, principal of Somerville College, told all students to complete the online lesson.
Students were told they must “achieve a mark of 100 percent” in a final test.
The Labour peer, who served in Ed Miliband’s shadow cabinet, also said there was “irrefutable evidence” that injustices in society were being accelerated by “individual unconscious biases that many or all of us have”.