When we try to predict the future, we often allow our assumptions to argue for our own limitations. In this series of Mistaken Predictions, we deride predictions that close our minds to the future and celebrate our collective visions that allowed us to imagine alternative scenarios. Equipped with tools that open us to near limitless options, we cheer the fact that the future is inherently unpredictable.
“It will be years –not in my time– before a woman will become Prime Minister.”
~ Margaret Thatcher, October 26th, 1969.
Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom only 10 years after saying that, holding her chair from 1979 to 1990. At the time of writing (2009), she is, however, the only woman to have held this post.