As the first (and so far only) female Prime Minister of the UK, Baroness Margaret Hilda Thatcher was loved by some, disliked by others and immortalized on the big screen with an Oscar-winning performance by Meryl Streep. Nicknamed the “Iron Lady” for her tenacity in both personal and political actions, Thatcher overcame even her own initial uncertainties after telling a reporter before her election that she didn’t think she’d live to see a female Prime Minister take office. Richard Carr, a political scientist at Anglia Ruskin University, had this to say of Thatcher, who passed away today at the age of 87:
“To supporters, she changed Britain from a nation in long-term industrial decline to an energetic, dynamic economy. To opponents, she entrenched inequalities between the regions and classes, and placed the free market above all other concerns. Our politics, and many of our politicians, have been forged in her legacy.”
Despite her controversial reception, President Obama pointed out today that because of Thatcher’s honorable achievements, she taught “our daughters that there is no glass ceiling that can’t be shattered.” So in honor of Baroness Thatcher and all of the other women out there plowing through uncertainties, get out there and break some (figurative) glass!
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