Tuesday, April 9, 2013

RIP Maggie T

I feel some shame that my interest was really piqued in Baroness Margaret Thatcher by the movie The Iron Lady. I am not excellent at movie watching- I have all the unfortunate characteristics of a Gen Y attention span and it takes a lot to keep me engaged - but I found it incredibly compelling and just the right balance of freneticism and stillness. 

I'd always knew who she was roughly but wrongfully assumed she'd been born into a legacy of politicians of some old conservative London family. Not realizing how much she overcame to reach such unprecedented success (daughter of a grocer in the humble countryside), I was drawn to her epic story of rising above so many classist and sexist barriers. She may not be your political cup of tea, but I don't there is any fair-minded person who wouldn't acknowledge that she was undoubtedly formidable in a very interesting time in history, on the heels of monumental womens' social change and in the concluding years of the Cold War, to name a couple.

Others I know call the movie's back and forth to the present "declining Margaret" disrespectful to her legacy. For me, it touched a meaningful chord- my own grandmother, an intelligent feminist trailblazer in her own right, had declined pretty identically.  

I think in years preceding my feminist pseudo-awakening of the recent present, I had a lot of misdirected anger and confusion, so I am grateful to the many resources available, which avail me to learn and dig a progressively deeper well of gratitude for women like Thatcher who continue to empower women with their courageous legacy. 

Here's a quote I read of hers the other day. Truly, it's impossible to please everyone, and sometimes you gotta stick to your guns. Rock on, Maggie. 

"If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing."

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