Baroness Thatcher and I disagree on many things. However, I greatly admire her toughness and resolve in the face of obstacles - she had the courage of her convictions. I like what Roger Ebert said about seeing her in a room full of powerful men: “Invisible psychic threads of respect and yearning extended toward her from the men,” he wrote. “When she spoke, they fell silent….It was the most remarkable display of personal authority I have ever seen.”
In a world that too often told women to "iron, lady" (i.e. stay home) she was instead an Iron Lady who wanted to lead. She wasn't afraid that it wasn't ladylike, or that she might offend people by standing up for herself. She simply saw the problem and thought she had the solution.
Margaret Thatcher Addresses Congress, 1985
You can read the full text of her speech here. RIP, Maggie. Thank you for being a strong, determined woman who had the courage to lead - you inspire stateswomen on both sides of the political spectrum to enter the arena and let our voices be heard.