Former First Lady Nancy Reagan died today of congestive heart failure at the age of 94. She was gracious, fiercely protective of her husband President Ronald Reagan. She was always by his side. They were inseparable. And whenever they were apart, they couldn’t wait to be together again. It seems as if their love just grew stronger over the years. It was such a thrill to see them always holding hands. An image that will always stay with me of her was when she leaned her head against her husband’s casket. It was a heartbreaking moment. Theirs was a beautiful love story. “My life really began when I married my husband,” she once said. In various photos, she is seen gazing up at her husband in adoration.
Mrs. Reagan gave up her own career as a Broadway and film actress to raise a family and to support her husband’s political aspirations. She was sharply criticised for this by feminists but she countered their attacks with this statement, “Feminism is the ability to choose what you want to do… I’ve really enjoyed the best of two worlds.”
Notes to Women bid farewell to this remarkable woman of strength, unwavering devotion. Nancy Reagan will be remembered for her anti-drug campaign “Just Say No” , her work in raising awareness of breast cancer after her own diagnosis and of course, her devotion to her husband. She was a feminist in her own right. She showed that choosing family above career was within a woman’s right and a choice that should be respected not condemned.