“Iron Lady” Not “Gutsy.”

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton have a book out called “The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience.”

One of the strange omissions from the list and stories of “gutsy women” is British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher – the “Iron Lady.”

In an interview with Hillary Clinton on the book, BBC Radio 5 asked her why Thatcher was not included in the book.

She doesn’t fit the other part of the definition in our opinion, which really is knocking down other barriers for others and trying to make a positive difference,” Clinton responded, saying Thatcher’s record was “mixed.”

She went on to say she thought Thatcher was “strong” and “clever to mold herself to be more acceptable in terms of everything from hairstyle and speaking style to clothing style.”

“But on the criterion we were really looking at: ‘OK what were the positive differences, the changes this person made that really opened the doors to more?’ That wasn’t really that apparent,” she said.

Margaret Thatcher was the first female Prime Minister England had ever known. Since Thatcher’s resignation in 1990, the Brits have had two other female Prime Ministers.

We think that is a notable “breaking the glass ceiling” and inspiring other women to follow her footsteps.

Thatcher’s policies helped not only bring down the Berlin wall, but ended the Cold War and the Soviet Union. That means millions of women were suddenly freer to pursue what they wanted, make their own money, buy property, etc., all without fear of government intervention and prying eyes.

Clinton famously claimed that she landed under “sniper fire” in a trip to Bosnia in 1996. That claim was debunked and shown to be false.

On the other hand in 1984, Thatcher and members of her cabinet were the subject of a real assassination attempt by the IRA as Thatcher was headed to an event to make a speech. While people would have understood her not making the speech, the “gutless” Thatcher, who “didn’t inspire women” refused to cancel the speech.

There are policies that Thatcher advocated that people disagreed with. Yet to say she was “gutless” and didn’t do anything for women, is simply a gross distortion of history.

Then again, what should one expect from the Clinton clan?

3 Responses to ““Iron Lady” Not “Gutsy.””

  1. Truthful says:

    These comments are what we expect from partisan politics that disparage others and fail to focus on the real issues at hand. Opinion is one thing, and fact is another. Thatcher was a strong woman who paved the way for others.

  2. Percy says:

    Wasn’t Margaret Thatcher the one who said “socialism is great till you run out of other people’s money to spend”. I imagine that quote alone takes her off the list of hillarys “gutsy” women. Loved the short video interview, it really contrast what a classy and strong woman Margaret Thatcher was compared to the unhinged Hillary.

    • AAfterwit says:


      Thanks for the comment.

      The comment from Thatcher is close enough:

      “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”

      Margaret Thatcher

      Funny how there are people even today who forget that basic truth.

      Thanks again.

      A. Afterwit.