The Week That Was – Remembering The Baroness Margaret Thatcher
|Mrs Thatcher works late into the evening in her Downing Street flat in 1983|
It feels rather special that at the launch of this series, that I am remembering in my own special way today, a woman who among other things, was an Icon, a former great leader – perhaps one whom most will aspire to replicate, while on the other hand one whose mark many may never reach. I speak of none other than Baroness Margaret Thatcher who as we are all aware, died this past week at the age of 87 years on April 8th 2013
I remember as a youth growing up and hearing about the “Iron Lady” Margaret Thatcher. In my mind I thought it to be fierce, a mean thing that persons would label her by that name – yet in reality, it became her trademark, mainly for her personal and political toughness. Later on I discovered however that it was the Soviets who had nicknamed her the ‘Iron Lady.’
While she was a champion of freedom for workers, nations and the world at large, she remained proud of her modest background. She made nations stand tall and became involved in politics from a young age, giving her first political speech at 20 years of age. Fearless in the face of annihilation, she didn’t waste money and neither did she waste time.
Her political career
She became a Conservative member of parliament for Finchley in North London in 1959, serving as its MP until 1992. Her first parliamentary post was junior minister for pensions in Harold Macmillan’s government. From 1964 to 1970, when Labour were in power, she served in a number of positions in Edward Heath’s shadow cabinet. Heath became prime minister in 1970 and Thatcher was appointed secretary for education.
Lady Thatcher with Ronald Reagan, Brian Mulroney and the Canadian Prime Minister
On leadership and power
She once said, “Don’t follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you.” “Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.” Shortly after the Conservatives were defeated in the year 1974, Margaret Thatcher challenged Heath for leadership of the party and, to the surprise of many, won.She was an advocate of privatising state-owned industries and utilities, reforming trade unions, lowering taxes and reducing social expenditure across the board. Thatcher’s policies succeeded in reducing inflation, but unemployment dramatically increased during her years in power.
Her mindset, her attitude on winning and right to free speech
Her infallible proof of character
The end of an era for an Icon
“I do not know anyone who has gotten to the top without hard work. This is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but it will get you pretty near.” ~ Margaret Thatcher
In 1992, Thatcher left the House of Commons. She was appointed a peeress in the House of Lords with the title of Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven and continued giving speeches and lectures across the world. She also founded the Thatcher Foundation, which aimed to advance the cause of political and economic freedom, particularly in the newly liberated countries of central and eastern Europe. In 1995 she became a member of the Order of the Garter, the highest order of knighthood in England.
On her passing on Monday April 8th 2013, David Cameron, the Prime Minister said, “We’ve lost a great Prime Minister, a great Leader, a great Briton. She didn’t just lead our country, and I believe she’ll go down as the greatest British peacetime Prime Minister.”
From Empowerment Moments Blog, may her soul rest in peace and may God give those who survived and now mourn her loss, the grace, strength and courage through this their time of bereavement.
Labels: Famous people, Leadership, Margaret Thatcher, Quotes, Success Stories, Successful living
A powerful Iconic woman and such a great role model she was indeed Michelle. There is so much about her that the history archives would continue to bring to light. Blessings as always!!
What a great series! I learned some new things and did not realize that Margaret Thatcher had passed away.