Monday, December 12, 2011

#MovieMonday - "The Iron Lady"

Regardless of their views toward the policies and rhetoric of Margaret Thatcher, the only female Prime Minister in the United Kingdom’s history, politicos and history buffs are likely to enjoy “The Iron Lady,” a cinematic presentation of Margaret Thatcher’s career that is set to be released on January 6, 2012. As IMDb notes about the upcoming film in its brief synopsis:

“[The Iron Lady tells] the story of a woman who smashed through the barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male-dominated world. The story concerns power and the price that is paid for power, and is a surprising and insightful portrait of an extraordinary and complex woman.”

Thatcher’s story is compelling in those terms alone, setting aside the world-historical and geopolitical context and influence of her life and career. With Hillary Clinton so near to winning her party’s presidential nomination in 2008, there was much chatter about shattering “the glass ceiling” that bars women from higher offices in business and politics, but that ceiling was shattered a full 30 years ago in the United Kingdom, though not without its share of controversy, male chauvinism, and monikers far more pejorative than “The Iron Lady” which Thatcher reportedly liked.


Read the rest of my article at The Silver Underground.


Wes Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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