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Margaret Thatcher – 1925-2013

“What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose.”

Baroness Margaret Thatcher
1925-2013

I happened to be in London when Baroness Margaret Thatcher died last week and I have to say, I became very nostalgic. Today she’s receiving a full military funeral in London, with heads of state from all over the world paying tribute to her service. What I have to share has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with what she represented to me as a girl growing up in England. When I was 8 years old, I knew nothing about her politics, but I did know she was a woman, and she made it seem perfectly normal and acceptable to be a succesful and powerful woman in a man’s world. I can’t think of another country during that era with a similar role model. She made me believe that, as a girl, I could do and be anything I wanted to be. I never once felt like I couldn’t go toe-to-toe with a man in any career I chose. She was courageous, outspoken, provoking and all the things that contemprary women like COO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg advocate for.

Sandberg says in her book, Lean In, “A truly equal world would be one where women ran half our countries and companies and men ran half our homes. I believe that this would be a better world. The laws of economics and many studies of diversity tell us that if we tapped the entire pool of human resources and talent, our collective performance would improve. Legendary investor Warren Buffett has stated generously that one of the reasons for his great success was that he was competing with only half the population. The Warren Buffetts of my generation are still largely enjoying this advantage. When more people get in the race, more records will be broken. And the achievements will extend beyond those individuals to benefit us all.”

My hope, now that I live in America, is that more girls from younger generations will have the fortune of seeing more and more women at the top of the game.

 

Image Credits. From top: Jeffrey Doornbos, Thatcher PortraitThatcher in Moscow

 

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4 Comments

  1. cathy carron April 17, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

    Maggie Thatcher was amazing and it’s lovely that you note her contribution.

  2. Adrienne Esposito April 17, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

    So very well stated! As a woman who is starting my own business, I feel and face these challenges everyday. I am not afraid to be a minority, but look forward to a time when true equality exists.

  3. Mhamed April 18, 2013 at 6:38 am #

    Lady Thatcher was remarked to have told her daughter Carol..”I know my place in history is assured”.Judging by the high level delegation and 2000 mourners attending her Military accolade funeral..where even the Monarch exceptionally attended (only other exception was Sir Winston Churchill’s). Let’s not forget ,however, she did have a parallel..even before her time..the honourable Lady of India Indira Ghandi…who despite popular vote was booted out of office in a more unforgvable manner.Baroness Thatcher was lucky considering the hate that was waged against her she did not part with the bullet

  4. Mhamed April 18, 2013 at 6:47 am #

    A remarkable woman with Mastery of her ambitions.She should be held as an example in the field of not only Politics and Economics..but Managerial and Socio Economic studies to inspire more women.Let s not forget the women rulers of ancient time from Arabia either..Queen Arwa (who established the first University for women in the world)n Queen Saba (Sheba) and the women behind the mechanisms of politicians world wide offerng their back seat steering vsisons…as well as front wheel steering such as IMF chief La Guarde and German’s Chancellor Merkel.

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