Former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Dies
Baroness Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, has passed away following a stroke. Thatcher served from 1979 to 1990 as leader of the Conservative Party and remains Britain's only female prime minister. Her nickname, the Iron Lady, was a comment to her personal and political fortitude and became the title of the 2011 movie starring Meryl Streep.
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Baroness Thatcher has died this morning follow a stroke, her spokesman Lord Bell says— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) April 8, 2013
As with any news of a death in this technological age, people took to Twitter this morning.
Politics aside, I'm very glad my parents had Margaret Thatcher to point to when boys in grade school told me women couldn't run countries.— Emily Dagger (@AbbottRabbit) April 8, 2013
Germaine: can we just now, for a short while, honor Margaret Thatcher as an example of what a woman could achieve. Politics aside. #qanda— julia baird (@bairdjulia) April 8, 2013
What a woman. I was just reading about her recent conversation with Gorbachev in Vogue yesterday. RIP Margaret Thatcher.— Janthina Fong (@janthinafong) April 8, 2013
1st generation of women political leaders are often tough conservatives like Thatcher, but they open the way for others— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) April 8, 2013
Sad to hear Margaret Thatcher has died. Just watched The Iron Lady on Sat. Remarkable woman. Need to get her biography now to learn more.— Candace(@Candace_Dx) April 8, 2013
We have chosen not to share any tweets celebrating her death. Thatcher was equally loved and loathed. We thought, however, the following tweet encompassed some of that duality.
Getting the sense that a lot of people really hate Margaret Thatcher without really knowing why they're supposed to.Hereditary opinions.— Premier League Owl (@premleagueowl) April 8, 2013
Over the years, we have featured posts on Margaret Thatcher, as it would be hard to run a women's website without featuring a prominent woman of power in one way or another. We saw a flux of posts after the movie Iron Lady was released in 2011.
Lindsay Anthony wrote a stellar review of the movie on site, including a wealth of information about Thatcher. There is something to be said for being able to speak your mind without hesitation or reservation.
Not only did Thatcher practice on finding a more masculine voice to command a room full of men, but she used her long-winded breath as a way to assure she was never interrupted. One can even argue that it was the unrelenting power of Thatcher’s voice that brought her own downfall.
Gloria Feldt wrote about the movie as well, showing the need for women to reach out to one another instead of isolating themselves.
Ask another woman for help if you need it. Ask a man for help if you need it too—there are many men now in the workplace who were raised by women like you. Offer help if you think someone else needs it. Have the courage to raise the issues that need to be dealt with. And when you do that and join together with your allies, you have a mini-movement that can help you achieve your career goals, or make the changes you want at work, or at home.
The Iron Lady was unbreakably strong, as the film shows, but her isolation didn’t serve her well in the end either politically or in her personal life.
Alphanista wrote a post that included a blurb about Margaret Thatcher as she tackled the topic of the alpha-female.
A woman who cannot be categorized, and will always rise above the stereotype of being “female” or rise above a group; in fact she doesn’t even think she is a “woman” for she is embarrassed to the level many have succumbed to by their emotional recklessness; Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher once said, “Don’t ask me about being a woman” and she had no female members in her cabinet.
No matter your thoughts on the politics or personal life of Baroness Thatcher, she holds an undeniable place in the history of Britain, politics, and women. Our thoughts are with those closest to her in light of their recent loss.
Family/Moms & Events Section Editor Jenna Hatfield blogs at Stop, Drop and Blog.