Margaret Thatcher: Iron Lady

Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990. Thatcher was also the leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990.

Thatcher passed away this morning at the age of 87.

Not only was she the first ever female Prime Minister, but she left a legacy that will not be forgotten.

Not to link a pop star turned R&B singer such as Justin Timberlake and the first female Prime Minister together so lightly, but both have a thing or two to teach PR professionals.

Timberlake made a presence for himself the day of the Grammy’s and promoted his new album in many ways, but Thatcher changed a country.

“Thatcher became one of the world’s most influential and respected political leaders, as well as one of the most controversial, dynamic, and plain-spoken, a reference point for friends and enemies alike,” says her biography on the Margaret Thatcher Foundation website.

Thatcher brought the British economy back to life, reshaped their politics, and breathed fresh air into their institutions.

What does Thatcher’s work have in common with anything going on today?

While reading the blog “Iron Lady,” Bill Miltenberg made some good points in accordance with that question.

Three brands that are iconic and “culturally pervasive,” like Thatcher, according to Miltenberg? Google, Apple, and Twitter.

Google’s message, just like Thatcher’s, “is strong and easily understood…it’s hard to envision a world without Google,” just as it is hard to envision a world that has never been touched by Thatcher’s actions.

Apple, like Thatcher, is a cultural item that has a clear message basically to “advance humankind,” but through technology.

Lastly, Twitter caught on late in the game, but knew what the world needed, just like Thatcher.

We live in an age where not as many people read the newspaper and instead of talking on the phone, we text message. Twitter picked up on the “importance of brevity within online communications” and has stuck to their word with it (140 characters or less per tweet), just like Thatcher stuck to her word to better the British lifestyle.

In Thatcher’s wise words: “Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”

Show them.

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