“Margaret Thatcher was a pioneer, willingly or unwillingly, for the role of women in politics. Her hard-nosed fiscal measures took a toll on the poor, and her hands-off approach to financial regulation led to great wealth for others. There is an argument that her steadfast, almost emotional loyalty to the pound sterling has helped the UK weather the storms of European monetary uncertainty. 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. To have given women and girls around the world reason to supplant fantasies of being princesses with a different dream: the real-life option of leading their nation; this was groundbreaking and admirable.”
After the jump, others remember the controversial yet pioneering Thatcher, who was Great Britain’s first and only female PM:
“With the passing of Baroness Margaret Thatcher, the world has lost one of the great champions of freedom and liberty, and America has lost a true friend. As a grocer’s daughter who rose to become Britain’s first female prime minister, she stands as an example to our daughters that there is no glass ceiling that can’t be shattered. As prime minister, she helped restore the confidence and pride that has always been the hallmark of Britain at its best. … And as an unapologetic supporter of our transatlantic alliance, she knew that with strength and resolve we could win the Cold War and extend freedom’s promise. Here in America, many of us will never forget her standing shoulder to shoulder with President Reagan, reminding the world that we are not simply carried along by the currents of history—we can shape them with moral conviction, unyielding courage and iron will.”
— President Barack Obama remembering Thatcher, much more politely, I imagine, than he wanted to do.
“It was with great sadness that I learned of Lady Thatcher’s death. We have lost a great leader, a great Prime Minister, and a great Briton. … Lady Thatcher didn’t just lead our country, she saved our country.”
— Current Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted his remarks.
“Thinking of our 1st Lady of girl power Margaret Thatcher, a green grocer’s daughter who taught me any thing is possible…”
— Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell tweeted this message, according to The Hollywood Reporter, but seems to have since erased it. Maybe the term “first lady of girl power” didn’t go over so well? I dunno, I think it’s sweet.
What other remembrances of Lady Thatcher have you seen? Share them in the comments.
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