It seemed that any time in the past twenty-one years someone offered a critique of Hillary Clinton, her defenders, more often than not, would, without addressing the particular points of the critique, retort that we were threatened by strong women. Many would not change their tune even as we reminded them how highly we regarded and how much we praised the greatest British Prime Minister since Churchill, Margaret Thatcher.
And unlike Mrs. Clinton, Lady Thatcher made it entirely on her own, without having hitched her star to a prominent politician.
This strong British woman truly earned — and then commanded — the respect of men, on both sides of the Atlantic. And one wonders why so few feminists, interested in seeing women succeed in professions once dominated by men, didn’t hold Lady Thatcher in higher esteem. From the 1970s onward, nearly every leading conservative, including the most prominent American conservative of the last century, adored this leader who just happened to be a woman.
Margaret Thatcher proved that conservatives have always looked up to women who showed their strength in the public square.
If you believe a woman can do the job as good as (if not better than) a man, you need only study Lady Thatcher’s life story.
Rest in peace, Iron Lady! A giant has fallen.
UPDATE: Kudos to the Huffington Post for featuring images of the friendship between two giants of freedom.