Margaret Thatcher: love or hate her , you cannot forget her

  • By The Alchemist About Town
  • 02 Apr, 2017

#TheWomanAlchemist #Feature #womeninpolitics

" We have not... rolled back the frontiers of the state in Britain, only to see them re-imposed at a European level with a European super-state…"

Margaret Thatcher's speech to the College of Europe - "The Bruges Speech" (20 September 1988).

I wonder what she would think of Brexit if she were alive today....

Baroness Margaret Tatcher is #TheWomanAlchemist for April , I though it would be appropriate for this month both as tribute/reflection  (she died 8 April 2013) and at this momentous time in UK history.

This is a woman who has inspired me beyond belief; yes I know she was a controversial figure, hated by many and adored by others. Yes she made mistakes, you are born to make some if you are leader and follow your beliefs.

So why is she one of my true heroes?

From a grocer's daughter to the First UK Female Prime Minister , she achieved this without female's only party lists, fulfilling someone's quota; she worked hard , researched and prepared for every meeting, she had the courage of her convictions, she wasn't like one of today's politicians driven by opinion polls , changing their stand and direction every time the wind changes to ensure their popularity. 

She wasn't a girl's girl  but a role model nevertheless, an example that I could do what I wanted if I set my mind to it and worked for it, no need to put a limit:

  • she became an MP as a young  woman with a new family which was unknown at that time
  • she was criticised for her hair, her clothes, the way she talked ( she was challenging a male dominated world which she had dared wanting to join)
  • she adapted , she played by the rules that wanted her "softer" but ultimately her focus, her attention to details and defiance captured her identity
  • she was a pragmatist and astute in the battles she picked
  • she helped to change the face of Britain
  • she voted in favour of decriminalising homosexuality and abortion
  • she learned from her mistakes  "I learned a valuable lesson. I had incurred the maximum of political odium for the minimum of political benefit'.  ( Thatcher talking about the infamous cutting of school milk).

Thatcher portrayed herself as a practical housewife who could sort out the nation’s finances with a simple message: “Labour isn’t working.” ( kind of sounds familiar doesn't it?)

As a prime minister she had a challenging job to do and she promised to curb the power of the unions and bring stability to the country, while championing free markets and arguing that individuals should be given the power to make their own success. 

During  April 1982, Argentina invaded the British-ruled Falkland Islands, Thatcher was adamant that Britain would not give in to foreign aggression and, after 10 weeks of fighting, the islands were retaken .

This resulted in her popularity soaring with the public and she gained respect and strength abroad.

Her ideas of individualism and personal responsibility captured the public and mine imagination, I was a child at the time and I remember thinking " this is a woman with balls" . I believe in individual self-determination.

Thatcher presided over the de-regulation of financial institutions in the City  and  the economy boomed with London becoming a massive financial centre. Millions of people benefitted from being able to buy their own council house and step into the property ladder.

In 1984, there was another defining moment, Thatcher surviving the IRA bombing of her hotel at the Conservative Party Conference in Brighton.She stood defiant and insisted  that the conference should carry on and went on to condemn the bombers in her conference speech. 

"This attack has failed. All attempts to destroy democracy by terrorism will fail."  Thatcher's speech to the 1984 Tory Party Conference.

How poignant considering the recent London attack and Theresa May's defiant speech in Parliament.

Yet later she compromised and played an important part in the 1985 Anglo-Irish Peace agreement.

Love her or hate her she was a political phenomenon;  the first woman elected to lead a major western power; the longest serving British prime minister for 150 years; the most dominant force in British politics in the second half of the 20th century. 

She was also a global figure, almost a star in the US, a heroine in the former Soviet republics of central Europe, a point of reference for politicians in France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

If this is not a role model, I don't know what is.

The People Alchemist Blog

By The Alchemist About Town 22 Sep, 2017
I am so utterly delighted that my book is now out, available to order both on paperback and on Kindle edition just in time for Business Women's Day - YES!!!!!! :-) 

STOP IT! It's all in your head   is my labour of love and my way to encourage, inspire and empower women to achieve what they want professionally and not be confined by societal, religious, family paradigms of what " women should do/are like" and, most importantly, the restrictions in their head.
If that is being CEO of a Global Company or a stay-at-mum or Director of Paperclip ( whatever grabs your fancy) so be it.

Writing this book was also a personal challenge ( the 30 days thingy) which confirmed to me once and for all that you can really do whatever you set your mind to, if you really want to that is.

Couple of tips for writing a book from me:
  • write about what you are passionate about, you know more than you think.
  • free-write about the parts/chapters in the book you like the most and you are most interested in first - that will give you a great boost at the beginning - you can edit and add the boring bits later - by then most of the book will be almost there
  • keep your own voice - write as you speak so to speak ( people do need to understand you though..)
  • keep an open mind, ideas will flow into you mid-way through the project
  • a deadline and going public is good to beat procrastination ( but if that stresses you out too much don't do it) - the deadline certainly helped me.
You can do it too!!!

If anyone would like to be part of the book launch, the event is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it- I hope to meet you soon, in person or through the pages of my book.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



By The Alchemist About Town 19 Sep, 2017
The time is getting closer and closer to the release of   STOP IT, It's all in your head   my new book ( 22 September for Business Women's Day - US) .

I have now  received the proof copy of the paperback which looks absolutely fabulous: a couple of things to correct but overall I am super happy with the result.
A lot of marketing to do now between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ ( which is PS: looking like more work than the actual writing of the book).

The book event/launch/talk is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



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