|Mrs Thatcher works late into the evening in her Downing Street flat in 1983|
This is the kick off of a series that I plan on incorporating into my blog called "The Week That Was" where every weekend, I feature an interesting/success story, a person, special insights and highlights from the blogs that I am subscribed to that published articles that inspired/empowered me, outstanding tweets/re-tweets from those I follow, and other tit bits of interest that took place earlier during the week.
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
Margaret Hilda Roberts was born on 13th October 1925 in Grantham Lincolnshire, the daughter of a grocer. She went to Oxford University and then became a research chemist. In 1951, she married Denis Thatcher, a wealthy businessman with whom, she had 3 children. In 1954, she retrained to become a barrister.
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.
From the New York Times: "Margaret Thatcher was the first woman to become Prime Minister of Britain and the first to lead a major Western power in modern times. Hard-driving and hard-headed, she led her Conservative party to three straight election wins and held office for 11 years - May 1979 to November 1990 - longer than any other British politician in the 20th century."
"The strong economic medicine she administered to a country sickened by inflation, budget deficits, and industrial unrest brought her wide swings in popularity, culminating with revolt among her own cabinet ministers in her final year and her shout of "No! No! No!" in the House of Commons to any further integration with Europe.
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 speechphoto1 source
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