I would like to extend warm birthday wishes to Margaret Thatcher today. Baroness Thatcher continues to remain a role model to many people, particularly women, around the world. Her career is a collection of "firsts." She was the youngest female Conservative Party member to stand for election in history, she was the first woman to hold the title Leader of the Opposition, and she was the first woman to become Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Palin, 2009, ¶1).
As Prime Minister, she took an active role in defending economic freedom and democratic ideals. Her push to privatize British industry and lower tax rates led to a substantial economic expansion in the United Kingdom. She was just as influential in foreign policy. Along with President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II, Prime Minister Thatcher recognized the evil of Communism and worked tirelessly to erode the power and influence of the Soviet Union (Palin, 2009, ¶2).
Her life and career serve as a blueprint for overcoming the odds and challenging the "status quo." She started life as a grocer's daughter from Grantham and rose to become Prime Minister - all by her own merit and hard work. I cherish the accomplishments of Margaret Thatcher and will always count her as one of my role models (Palin, 2009, ¶3).
- Sarah Palin
Governor Palin said everything that can be said. I will only add that Margaret Thatcher's life in relation to Governor Palin's is rather providential, and I am firmly convinced that history is repeating itself. The last glass ceiling will be smashed in the US, just as it was in the UK by a woman's sonic boom.
Palin, S.L.H. (2009, October 13). Facebook, Sarah Palin. Retrieved October 13, 2009 from: http://www.facebook.com/sarahpalin?v=app_2347471856#/note.php?note_id=153403008434