Marsha Blackburn: Nancy Reagan’s Inspiring Legacy for Women

Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn

As we celebrate the life of former Nancy Reagan, who was recently laid to rest, we reflect on her legacy.

In a touching op-ed on Real Clear Politics, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee pays tribute to the late First Lady:

“Today…we continue to celebrate [the Reagans’] tremendous legacy and grapple with how we can carry it on in their absence.

In many ways, Mrs. Reagan’s passing during March — Women’s History Month — is a poetic coincidence.

While we celebrate the women trailblazers of ages past for how they fought for the rights and freedoms we enjoy today, this month is an opportunity to appreciate those who continue the hard work.

Mrs. Reagan embodied the very values we cherish during this month of remembrance, not only because of what she did, but also because of what she meant to her family, to women, and to the people of this great country…

Women, including my House Republican colleagues and me, looked up to the first lady and her inspiring words — “Feminism is the ability to choose what you want to do.” Her wit, style, and grace, and her leadership alongside her husband during a tumultuous decade, served as a constant reminder that no goal was unattainable. This was the land of the free, and the American pursuit of happiness was within our reach as women…

Mrs. Reagan was the epitome of graciousness and will forever be remembered as a symbol of strength, courage, determination, and love.

As we say goodbye to our beloved first lady, let us celebrate a life well lived and pledge to carry on her legacy and make history for the next generation of women.”

Click here to read the full op-ed.

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