Like many politically inclined young women, I idolize Margaret Thatcher. She embodied all the necessary qualities of a good role model. Thatcher was a successful and independent stateswoman while also a loving wife and mother. She proved that, in opposition to today’s feminism, it is not necessary to sacrifice family and femininity in order to have a successful career. In fact, Thatcher’s life argues that not only can you do both, you can do so simultaneously. I have often heard women from my mother’s and grandmother’s generations admiringly remembering Thatcher’s role in politics. Her career was historic: she was elected to positions of power with children at home; she balanced being a mother and a political figure; and she handled all her opposition with grace and wit. She proved that a driven woman truly can have it all. My generation, however, does not necessarily have this same connection to and admiration of Thatcher’s legacy.

Throughout my lifetime, I have not admired a politician the way that I admire Thatcher. Although her contributions to society and future female leaders are extraordinary, it is invaluable for young women to be able to look up to, learn from, and emulate living leaders.

We have seen many women making political history since the turn of the century, but I have yet to find my own Maggie.

That is, until now.

Amy Coney Barrett is my generation’s Margaret Thatcher.

On Saturday, September 26th, alongside the rest of the country, I eagerly watched President Trump announce Coney Barrett as his nominee for the Supreme Court. I knew that this was my generation’s Thatcher moment; a moment we might one day tell our own grandchildren about.

Objectively, Coney Barrett is a remarkable individual. Upon receiving her BA in English Literature from Rhodes College (TN), Coney Barrett attended Notre Dame Law School on a full-tuition scholarship. She graduated first in her class in 1997, having earned her Juris Doctor summa cum laude. Following the completion of her education, Coney Barrett worked as a judicial law clerk from 1997 to 1999, first for Judge Laurence Silberman and then for Justice Antonin Scalia. Over the past two decades, Coney Barrett has both practiced and taught law. In 2017, President Trump nominated her to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Furthermore, Coney Barrett is a devout Catholic and loving mother to seven children, roles which have recently been scrutinized by her opposers. Despite these personal attacks, Coney Barrett has responded with intelligence, wit, and grace; she claimed that “It is never appropriate for a judge to impose that judge’s personal convictions, whether they arise from faith or anywhere else, on the law.”

The way in which she handles opposition, I would argue, is incredibly similar to Thatcher, who was nicknamed “the Iron Lady” for her strong will and leadership style. Both women share a level-headed demeanor and manage to respond gracefully even to the most ridiculous of accusations.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled its confirmation hearing to begin on the 12th of October. If appointed, Coney Barrett will be the fifth female Supreme Court justice. Whether or not she is appointed, however, she has already shown herself to be a role model for a new generation of women. Like Thatcher, Coney Barrett has contradicted our modern perception of feminism. Instead, she suggested that women can achieve success without the sacrifice of either family or femininity. Amy Coney Barrett is the epitome of true feminism.

The weeks leading up to the confirmation hearing are likely to be difficult for Coney Barrett as she battles attacks from both her opponents and the media, but I would challenge anyone who suggests that she is either unfit, ill prepared, or unqualified to fill the seat that, as Margaret Thatcher famously stated, “Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.”

Amelia Underhill is a student of Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at The King’s College in New York City.

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