Friday, April 12, 2013

Iron Lady

One time, I read, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was in a meeting and the topic turned to the increase in rapes in London and what action should be taken to curtail them. One male member of the conference suggested that a curfew be imposed on women, to keep them safe. Ms. Thatcher took exception to this. She suggested that perhaps the curfew should be imposed on men, since they did the raping.

Ms. Thatcher was known as the Iron Lady for a reason. She was a strong woman and willing to take tough, unpopular stances. Some of her decisions were controversial. She took sides. She didn't waffle.

I wouldn't agree with her on everything, but I did admire her. 

As the first female Prime Minister of England, she set the bar high for women and opened up opportunites for them. No longer could people say, with any integrity, that women were not suited to responsible roles by virtue of their gender. Ms. Thatcher was too prominent, her effect too real. 

So, thank you, Margaret Thatcher, for being someone who paved a new road. You were a great woman and you will be missed. 

Quotes by Margaret Thatcher

"If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing."
"I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but should get you pretty near."

"If you lead a country like Britain, a strong country, a country which has taken a lead in world affairs in good times and in bad, a country that is always reliable, then you have to have a touch of iron about you."

"Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country."

"Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction."


  1. I regret never being able to meet her, but my future daughter will know of all the ways that strong woman helped mold this world before she even gets to school.

    1. I never met her or heard her in person, though I am old enough to remember news coverage and television footage of her. It is indeed a good thing to teach our girls about those who went before us to open the way.

  2. She was an amazing world leader. And regardless of your politics, she was and will be a role model for women.