WACL History History of WACL – 1980s Last Updated: Sep 16, 2020

Key Events

  • Falklands War
  • Privatisation of British Gas, BA
  • ‘The Face’ magazine launched
  • Wall Street the movie: “greed is good”
  • ‘Countdown’ was Channel 4’s first programme
  • Tim Berners-Lee invents the World Wide Web

With Mrs Thatcher being elected for a third term came an invitation for WACL to dine at No. 10.

Lyndy Payne led in the maximum number of members that could be accommodated, and a “very thrilling evening; I would not have missed it for the world” (Lyndy’s letter to Mrs T) was had by all. When considering Mrs Thatcher’s experience, however, another member (Lorna Winstanley) did point out that the Iron Lady “unfortunately did all the talking and probably did not learn as much as if she had listened more”. Another member, on asking a member of Whitehall staff why Scotland had not been mentioned, was told: “Mrs Thatcher doesn’t like the Scots”.

Others took a while to write their thank you notes, apologising for not writing before: “what with being snowed in, privatised and being stuck in a snowstorm for starters”.

For the first time in history, the Club also agreed to increase its maximum number of members from 50 to 60 and confirmed its objectives as:

  1. To facilitate an exchange of views between selected women in senior positions in advertising and related industries.
  2. To provide members with informal support, advice and consultation.
  3. To provide an exclusive forum to which members can bring clients, colleagues and friends