The many accomplishments and contributions of Wisconsin’s conservative women were celebrated Friday night at the inaugural Right Women Awards gala. Held at the Pfister hotel in downtown Milwaukee, the Right Women awards recognized Margaret Farrow with the first-ever Margaret Thatcher Award.
 
Other honorees included Wisconsin State Senator Alberta Darling, who won the Iron Lady Award. Conservative activist and pundit Rachel Campos-Duffy who took home the Innovator Award, and business executive Catherine Cleary who was posthumously honored with the Trailblazer award.
 
Margaret Farrow served as Wisconsin’s first female Lt. Governor, but that post was not her first foray into public service, nor was it her last. 
 
Born and raised in Kenosha, Margaret received her B.A. from Marquette University, married, started a family and embarked on a remarkable career of public service.
 
Prior to being appointed Lieutenant Governor, Farrow served in the Wisconsin State Senate, the Wisconsin State Assembly and the Elm Grove Village Board.
 
She now resides in Pewaukee with her husband, John, and serves as the chairwoman of the board of directors of the WisconsinEye Public Affairs Network. Just this year, Governor Scott Walker appointed Farrow to the Board of Regents for the University of Wisconsin System.
 
As her children will attest, her accomplishments were not without some personal sacrifice. But Margaret Farrow was also able to maintain a work-life balance to the benefit of her community and her family.
 
Farrow’s public policy interests cover the gamut. From social issues, to fiscal policy… from government reform and transparency to the suburbs vs. city sewer wars … if there has been an issue that needed attention, Margaret Farrow has been there.  Leading--and more often than not--winning
 
As one of her admirers wrote, when nominating her for the Thatcher Award:
 
"Throughout her exemplary career, Margaret Farrow  has achieved a remarkable record of public service and leadership excellence. Through decades of elected leadership at local, regional and state levels, Margaret Farrow has succeeded in achieving positive outcomes without compromising her convictions or her commitments. At the intersection of public policy and partisan politics, she has resisted the temptation to elevate political gain and personal ambition above the best interests of taxpayers and the public. That is who she is: honest, hard-working, collaborative, respectful, compassionate, determined and, of course, a conservative from this great state."
 
It is for -- and because of-- all of this that RightWisconsin.com  and the members of the Right Women Awards Selection Committee proudly recognized Margaret Farrow with the inaugural Margaret Thatcher this year.
 
We will have more coverage of the Right Women Awards and the Gala Dinner, including stunning photographs, throughout the weekend. Please check back here often, for the latest.