Chvrches Lauren Mayberry: ‘Just because the Prime Minister has a vagina, doesn’t mean her decisions benefit women’

'Margaret Thatcher was a woman in a man's world, but that's about the only nice thing I have to say'

Chvrches‘ Lauren Mayberry has called out Prime Minister Theresa May for not doing enough to improve life for women.

Having recently said that more needs to be done to act upon the message of the #MeToo movment – as well as calling upon the music industry to stop promoting work by sexual abusers and rapists – now the singer has said that May being in office is not symptomatic of feminism.

“Somebody said to me the other day, ‘You should be pleased there’s a female Prime Minister because that’s feminism at work’,” Mayberry told Fader. “Just because somebody walked into Downing Street and had a vagina, doesn’t mean they’re making decisions that benefit women in any way.


“Margaret Thatcher was a lady. I suppose she was a woman in a man’s world, but that’s about the only nice thing I have to say.”

CHVRCHES' Lauren Mayberry
CHVRCHES’ Lauren Mayberry

Meanwhile, speaking of the hypocrisy of the music industry when it comes to handling sexual misconduct, Mayberry said last month: “There hasn’t been a shakedown of the music industry in the same way as there has been in the film industry, maybe because it’s not unionised in the same way. But I keep thinking, ‘one day these dominoes are going to fall, surely’.

“Dr. Luke’s in the cold, but beyond that, has there really been much change? We’re still promoting and selling records by sexual abusers and rapists. You can’t say no to one thing and yes to another.”

As well as paying “homage” to Beyonce with a cover of XO, last week also saw Chvrches unveil their “gnarly” new single ‘Never Say Die’.


Their new album ‘Love Is Dead’ will be released on May 25.