Remembering Margaret Thatcher

April 9, 2013 § Leave a comment

It was with great sadness that I learned yesterday that former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher passed away at the age of 87. She was a towering giant in British politics and a role model to many women, including me.

I arrived in the United Kingdom in September 1979, only a few months after Baroness Thatcher assumed her position as Britain’s first female prime minister. Throughout my time studying in the UK, I was awed by her ability to shape events and to succeed as a woman at the highest levels of politics – something that seems quite routine now, but was utterly remarkable in Britain at the time. Her willingness to stick to her principles and to fight determinedly for what she thought to be right provided a strong model for anyone interested in public service.

Her particular brand of feminism was also infectious I have always enjoyed her famous quote in which she remarked “If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.”

And although I never met her personally, I will certainly miss her. Rest in peace, Madam Prime Minister.

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