For the Lady that was Baroness Thatcher....


My darlings….I shall not bore you with a long biography of Baroness Thatcher’s life, as I am pretty certain that you can find that plastered across many a places right now. But I will be admittedly biased, as some of you darlings might remember that she is indeed a hero of mine. Now don't get me wrong, I am not political and nowhere as ambitious as the great lady herself...truth be told I am also not the strongest of persons, preferring gentleness wherever possible and crying quite easily when saddened ...but perhaps this is why I admire her so. One only needs to reflect on how our Prime Ministers have entered their term of office with the vibrancy of  youth, but end up leaving 10 Downing Street looking 10 years older to understand what a tough seat it actually is. The question is...how did the great Lady Thatcher always keep her hair so coiffure perfect and manage to look pristine-ly ladylike in all circumstances? There must have been more than the widely seen hairspray, handbag and skirt suits? Let us not forget that she was indeed human and had troubles of her own to solve too...for as long as humans are in existence there will be some form of difficulty or problem to overcome....so goes the norm of life. Plus if you happen to be female and have a deep love for hats, could you imagine what it must be like to give up most of your hat collection? Perhaps what I am trying to say is....it takes inner character and strength to achieve what she did....10 actual years of Downing Street is no easy feat regardless of gender. So let us look back at what was beautiful about this amazing lady instead....plus some of her lovely handbags and hats of course!

A young Margaret Roberts....
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Becoming Mrs Thatcher....Denis and Margaret Thatcher's wedding (December 1951)
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Margaret Thatcher with her twins after being elected MP (1959)
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"Where there is discord, may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. And where there is despair, may we bring hope." 
– Lady Thatcher's election as prime minister in 1979 (Source)

She was a woman. She might have been jabbed as the ‘Iron Lady’ many a times and even have been proud to have that title, but I have not heard many speak of the sacrifices she made as a mother, wife and woman. I am sure many might even say it was to be expected because she made a choice to go into politics and was wielding for power. But no matter how strong she may have been, she is still human and a woman with emotions. I often think that it must have been really difficult for her to leave her children to represent her country in far away lands, going to meetings that drilled into evenings thereby preventing dinners with her family, missing her children’s school play to attend some other official ceremony, losing her personal identity to create a solid image that could not be bullied and constantly battling with men who see her no more than a mere shrieking woman. If there ever was a glass ceiling for women, she broke it with every tooth, nail, handbag, hat, glove, pearl and skirt suit she had…she was a symbol of strength for women everywhere…including myself. She didn’t always do or say the right thing, but she brought a country out of war and unemployment…upheld the famous British stiff upper lip in the face of blatant terrorism….and bred fear in many a macho men who managed more talk than action themselves. How can you not applaud such a great lady with respect?

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My favourite Lady Thatcher quote always manages to make me smile, sit a little more upright and somehow hold my head with feigned confidence; "Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't." Regardless of public criticism, she was an inspiration and role model for many females across the globe. It is sad to think how there is yet to be a lady like Baroness Thatcher and our future generations may not come to learn about her life or achievements. Here's to remembering a pioneer and a remarkable lady....may she rest in peace and always be remembered for the goodness she instilled. Lastly, I hope I have not bored you darlings too much with my thoughts on Lady Thatcher....as my 1920s party at the Candlelight Club looms closer and the new ballet term is set to begin tomorrow, I look forward to a busy month ahead! Have a fabulous week my lovely darlings!


Until the next time,
May xx

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*Interesting further reads:
www.itv.com/news/2013-04-08/margaret-thatcher-from-grantham-to-downing-street
www.guardian.co.uk/fashion/fashion-blog/2013/apr/08/margaret-thatcher-look-pearls-handbag
www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/12/19/the-language-of-margaret-thatcher-s-handbags
www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2013/apr/08/margaret-thatcher-quotes
www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/08/margaret-thatcher-women-quotes-iron-lady

Comments

  1. She will be missed much. Her energy and drive was unassumingly passionate and motivated. Woman with both beauty and brains.

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  2. oh darling what a wonderful post about mrs thatcher!!! what a powerful woman she was!!!i´ve never seen this picture of young mrs thatcher before! how great she looked in the sailor style!
    wishing you a great week darling!
    lots of love and kisses,mary
    http://www.maryloucinnamon.com/

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  3. I've always admired Margaret Thatcher and was sad to hear of her passing - I think in this day in age, it's inevitable that strong women who speak their minds and stand up for what they believe in will be characterised as unfeminine and mean. And without women like Mrs. Thatcher, who stand up to those comments and stick to their guns anyway, that perception will never change. We need more like her!
    xox,
    Cee
    www.cocoandvera.com

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