Saturday, 6 November 2010

Not Quite Thatcherite



A little while ago, Clover at Fluttering Butterflies had the idea for a series of posts highlighting strong women and their roles in our lives. It took me a while to respond to her challenge, but as a child of the 80s who grew up in Thatcher's Britain, I knew exactly who I wanted to write about.
I can recall very clearly the first glimpse I had, as a child, into the workings of politics. I was seven years old and we were doing art at school. I don't remember what I painted, but I do remember reading the pages of newspaper that were spread out to protect the tables. Margaret Thatcher had stepped down...

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If you have a story to share about your own female role models, please get in touch with Clover - I know she'd appreciate more posts to expand this series, and I for one would love to read them.

15 comments:

Nora Johnson said...

Such an interesting concept - have enjoyed yr post & Clover's too (that I just visited!) Many thanks for the heads up!

Will be back here again soon!

Have a lovely weekend,

XOXO Lola & Nora:)

Ginny said...

People here criticized Thatcher for being too overbearing, bossy, and the B word. But if she had been a man, they would have loved those same qualities and called him in charge and authorative!

Fly Girl said...

That's a very eloquent post, Rachel. It's so important for girls to see powerful images of women, I don't think people realize the messages that come across from all the sexist portrayals.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I couldn't stand her myself but I enjoyed your article.

Louiz said...

An interesting post, even though I personally hate her.

carma said...

Great post. I stopped on over to Clover's site to read it in its entirety. Excellent example of a powerful woman!!

St├ęphanie said...

Very interesting post !
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Kazzy said...

I remember when MT came here to BYU. Campus went crazy as everyone scrambled to at least catch a glimpse. Nice essay. Thanks!

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Wow this was fantastic, what a great idea for a post!

Jen said...

It sickens me the way female politicians are treated in the States. Good choice for a role model.

A Cuban In London said...

I will keep my opinion of Lady T to myself. After all I arrived in London with Labour newly come to power in 1997 so I've only been able to experience her politics through other people's opinions. But I did like Rachel's last line about T being remembered for her way of governing Britain and not for her sense of fashion.

Well done, Rachel. Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

Clover said...

Oh thank you so much for your guest post and this post sending people over. Have had a great response to it :)

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

I really enjoyed the post - I can remember that too and the one thing I can remember thinking was - "Wow, people in England are pretty cool to have a woman in charge!" :) We still haven't gotten quite that far yet!

christine said...

I remember how devasted you were when you discovered that Margaret Thatcher was standing down, you couldn't understand why she would, and what would happen to the world as you knew it. Now, you know, cos your'e living through it. I wonder if there'll ever be another femal Prime Minister in the UK? x

Chef E said...

I enjoyed that and left a comment!

Go girl!!!

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