On October 13…

On October 13, 1925 Margaret Thatcher was born. Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990, as well as from 1979 to 1990 the leader of the Conservative Party. During the 20th century she was the only woman to have held the office of Prime Minister, as well as holding the distinction of being the longest-prime Prime Minister during the 20th Century. During her reign as Prime Minister, her policies were often labeled as “Thatcherism,” and she was nicknamed the “Iron Lady” due to her adamant stances in policies and her style of leadership.

Thatcher came to office after winning the 1979 general election, and beforehand being the Leader of the Opposition, making her the first woman to lead a major political party in the United Kingdom.  

Margaret Thatcher via Margaret Thatcher Foundation

Margaret Thatcher
via Margaret Thatcher Foundation

On April 8, 2013 she died of a stroke in London at the age of 87. Her funeral was attended by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

In 2011 a biopic titled, “The Iron Lady,” was released in theaters starring Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher. Meryl Streep ended up winning the Oscar for Best Actress during the 84th Academy Awards.

"The Iron Lady" 20th Century Fox / The Weinstein Company

“The Iron Lady”
20th Century Fox / The Weinstein Company

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