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Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990, passed away yesterday from a stroke. As a leader who was unapologetic about her philosophies and her gender, it is of course a loss for women, and for the world. Below is the Guardian’s video obit. If you have only 10 seconds, that’s the most important part of the video.

Thatcher will be missed, as an impressive leader and as a strong woman. But we’re glad we had her around, if only to show us what strong leadership looks like.

Margaret Thatcher and all her TIME magazine covers

Margaret Thatcher and all her TIME magazine covers


Sophia here — I am just leeching on to Vera’s post. What’s interesting about Thatcher is also how she generates incredible strong opinions. People seem to either love or loath her. I think that’s due to the “unapologeticness” about her that Vera mentions above. She served as a PM longer than Churchill, so all those coming out hating on her politics now should calm a bit down. Personally, I take strong issues (as in ‘I profoundly disagree’) with a number of her core issues (basically anything about the EU and most of her social policies), but she was kick ass. And it seems that many react to that rather than her politics. It reminds me to an extent of how history and public debate has treated Golda Meir, painting an exaggerated black/white icon rather than a nuanced and complex picture (Israel’s Iron Lady, although meir was elected for Mapai, the left-wing party that alter became Israeli Labour).

I am just going to add my favourite Maggie quote

“In politics, If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.”