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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review April 15, 2013/ 5 Iyar, 5773

Margaret Thatcher changed the world, and didnít have to be a feminist to do it

By Christine M. Flowers

Christine M. Flowers


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) The gods of irony must be smiling.

First, President Obama makes the "I-went-to-Harvard" observation that Kamala Harris, an accomplished and intelligent woman, is also quite attractive. California's attorney general didn't initially appear to be peeved at his remark, which was significantly more perceptive than the one about "clinging to guns and religion." But that didn't stop some women from engaging in proxy peeving. They wagged their fingers at the president, and forced him into an apology that should have embarrassed our Madame Ovaries much more than any appreciative compliment.

And then comes the sad news that Margaret Thatcher had died. At first, I didn't make the connection between the thin-skinned dames in the States and the genuine Dame who had finally joined the other two giants of her era, John Paul II and Ronald Reagan.

But it didn't take long for me to realize that there was, indeed, a link to these seemingly unrelated events. And that would be that our current crop of star-spangled feminists have become caricatures of themselves, which makes the passing of a true heroine that much more poignant and disturbing.

Margaret Thatcher did not consider herself to be a feminist and, in fact, once said that "I owe nothing to Women's Lib." Of course a lot of ladies would disagree, as they always do when an independent thinking woman has the audacity to say that she made her own way in life and didn't tread in the footsteps of Gloria, Betty or Ruth. It has become received wisdom that a woman who has achieved success in any field other than those which involve the domestic arts must worship the altar of the bra-less ones. Any reluctance to pay homage is attributed to either naivete or jealousy.

Dame Maggie had no time for that sort of bowing and scraping. She was busy making history, and refused to use her gender as either a burden to be overcome or a virtue to be exalted. The first female prime minister was repelled by the idea that she should be viewed as some exotic bird caged at the London zoo simply because she was a female operating-and flourishing-in a man's environment. In fact, she downplayed the significance of her victory, saying "Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."

Feminists don't like that sort of philosophy. They tell women to 'lean in' and wear T-shirts that say "Well behaved women don't make history." They obviously knew nothing about Lady Thatcher, who hid her steel behind white gloves.

There were other trailblazers like her, although not with her range or talent. And most of the other women who were successful in their political careers rose to their positions on the coattails of fathers or husbands, women like Indira Ghandi or Benazir Bhutto or, dare we say it?, Hillary Clinton.

Margaret Thatcher was tough, unconcerned with being liked, and yet completely independent of that feminist brigade that demands respect as some sort of payback for past offenses. She led her nation in a difficult moment when unemployment was high and had the courage to stare down the unions, something which previous ministers had backed away from because-as we in Philadelphia know-organized labor puts the "bully" in bully pulpit.

But if her greatest successes had been on the domestic front, we probably would not remember her as a savior of the Western world. Margaret Thatcher's genius lay in her ability to create international alliances, the one truly feminine part of her which probably gave her an edge over her testosterone-addled colleagues. Thatcher knew how to make strategic 'friends' even though it's quite obvious that the relationship with kindred spirit Ronald Reagan was genuine and profound. You could see the weight of her sorrow at his funeral, when for one sustained moment she bent over Reagan's casket and her whole body seemed to weep.

I was just graduating from high school the year that Margaret Thatcher became prime minister. I was about to enter Bryn Mawr, a women's college with the unofficial motto "Our failures only marry." I remember being vaguely annoyed when I heard that, particularly since my mother had 'only married' and was quite possibly the 'only reason' that I made it into that selective school.

And as I watched Thatcher's progress through the years, as I got my degrees and avoided learning how to cook or keep house or raise a family, I realized that we in the feminist third wave had been sold a bill of goods. Not only was there grace and grandeur in being a woman who was 'feminine,' these women were also capable of changing the world without yapping about the patriarchy or just how hard it was to be oppressed (this, at a time when the majority of law school graduates are female)

Margaret Thatcher changed the world. And she probably didn't mind a compliment, either.

Christine M. Flowers is a lawyer and columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News. Comments by clicking here.

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Previously:



04/08/13: Taking great pleasure in the death penalty
04/01/13: An easy prediction --- bet on the unpredictable
03/26/13: 'The personal is political' is no reason to change
03/19/13: A word to the whines --- it was just some high jinks
03/11/13: The Great Race Debate, revisited
03/04/13: Marriage goes beyond love
02/19/13: 2 women, and what they're fighting for
02/04/13: Sadly, Scouting seems poised to give up the fight
01/15/13: Reflections from Gettysburg
01/02/13: The mentally ill vs. those who love them
12/27/12: Rapper learns he's just another guy on probation
12/20/12: Cold, hard truth about the killer
12/10/12: When a warm heart meets a cold manipulator
11/22/12: Some women don't know how good they have it


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