“Iron Lady” Margaret Thatcher Dies at 87

Thatcher_Reagan_Camp_David_sofa_1984Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has passed away at the age of 87. I’ve never known exactly how I should feel about Thatcher — I was pleased that England had a woman leader who wasn’t afraid of what was necessary to actually lead. But she wasn’t exactly cut from the political cloth I tend to favor, as evidenced by her close relationship with Ronald Reagan.

As her story became less familiar over the years, Thatcher was most recently in our consciousness when Meryl Streep portrayed her in the movie The Iron Lady. This trailer will give you a taste for who Thatcher was as a woman and a politician, and, hopefully, will lead some people to learn more about her.

Streep said on Thatcher’s death:

“To have withstood the special hatred and ridicule, unprecedented in my opinion, leveled in our time at a public figure who was not a mass murderer; and to have managed to keep her convictions attached to fervent ideals and ideas—wrongheaded or misguided as we might see them now—without corruption—I see that as evidence of some kind of greatness, worthy for the argument of history to settle.”

Funny how some things never change when it comes to women in politics — there is almost always some special hate reserved for a woman who knows how to lead with the kind of power that comes with high position.  I wonder how Thatcher would have advised Hillary Clinton on her seemingly pre-ordained second run for president of the United States?

Image via Wikimedia Commons

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