In April of 2013, Baroness Margaret Thatcher passed onward. Several of my best friends gathered at Harrison Farm the following weekend in their black cocktail dresses to celebrate the Iron Lady. This event has now evolved into my annual Harrison Farm Iron Ladies Party -- a celebration of the strong and remarkable women who inspire my world. We gathered on Saturday 4/16 for a wonderful night of conviviality. The event usually starts with cocktails, then a potluck, dessert, bourbon, and cigars. It is the one night of the year that smoking is permitted in the farmhouse . . . Being surrounded by inspiring women (all in their favorite black dress) while having a libation and enjoying a cigar is a joy-filled experience!
My friends are cognizant how important equality of opportunity is to me. I believe we are all endowed with certain rights by God, and we should have the freedom to exercise our abilities and shape our own destinies through personal hard work -- regardless of gender or color or creed or orientation. I am interested in individual achievement, and I want to compete on a level playing field. That being said, I also believe in celebrating what makes us different. I love being an American, I love having blue eyes, I love raising goats, I love being a Catholic . . . And I also want to encourage others to love what makes them a unique individual. Finding connections with others can be uplifting, thus I firmly endorse finding support networks of those who help to celebrate what makes a person remarkable as individual. Being able to gather with other strong women to laugh, to cry, and to support one another is such a joy. It is also my personal celebration of what it means to be an American woman: my friends were able to drive themselves to the home of an unmarried woman without any male chaperones to pray as we wanted, drink as we wanted, and talk about what we wanted -- all while wearing fabulous black dresses. Think of all the places around the globe where this small party could NEVER have happened due to restrictions on behavior. To be an American woman is a great gift, and we must never lose sight of the routine freedoms which we have thanks to our birth in this great country!
I am extremely grateful for my inspiring friends who joined me for this year's event! I truly believe that Margaret Thatcher would be proud!