And yet, not everyone was feeling so… progressive.
Yesterday the tabloid newspaper The Sun celebrated the event with a front page that read ‘HEEL BOYS” alongside a giant image of May’s high heels trampling upon the heads of male politicians.
The cover comes after weeks of press coverage that has at times focused almost as much on May’s fashion taste as her abilities.
The front page also follows a bitter spat between May and fellow Tory politician Andrea Leadsom over the importance of motherhood in politics.
Of course, The Sun isn’t known for its feminism. It still runs a scantily-clad Page Three every day. But as long as newspapers continue to focus on May’s footwear, women and girls around the world – who are in desperate need of female role models – don’t get to see and hear about May’s policies and opinions. And right now that’s what Britain (and British women) really needs.