Margaret Thatcher First
Female Prime Minister of Great
Britain Has Died
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the first woman to become a British Prime Minister has died of a stroke at the age of 87. According to CNN, she suffered a stroke on Monday. The former “Iron Lady” and leader of Great Britain suffered a first stroke in 2002, and then several small strokes in subsequent years. She had been the longest-serving (1979–1990) Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of the 20th century.
Margaret Thatcher Close Ties to Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev
Margaret Thatcher’s stunning career included close ties to U.S. President Ronald Reagan and former Soviet communist leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Thatcher once said she considered Ronald Reagan, “…the second most important man in my life.” Bound by opposition to communism, Thatcher and Reagan shared a close bond throughout the 1980s. Together, they provided a united western counterbalance against the Soviet Union. The relationships developed by Thatcher, who famously told Mikhail Gorbachev that “[she] could to business with him,” and the two world superpower leaders, Reagan and Gorbachev, ultimately helped lead to the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the push for democracy in Eastern Europe.
Margaret Thatcher Grocer’s Daughter
Born in 1925 in the small town of Grantham, England, Margaret Thatcher was the daughter of a British grocer, Alfred Roberts. Her father was active in politics and raised Margaret Roberts as a strict Methodist. After graduating from Somerville College at Oxford, Margaret Thatcher began a slow rise in politics beginning in 1959, eventually serving as leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. Thatcher won thenation’s top job only six years after declaring in a television interview, “I don’t think there will be a woman prime minister in my lifetime.”
Margaret Thatcher Career Defining Moment
Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s Fighting Lady
Well into her career as Prime Minister, on 2 April 1982, when the ruling military party in Argentina ordered the invasion of the British-controlled Falkland Islands and South Georgia, Margaret Thatcher took to defending Britain’s interest with the triggering the Falklands War. The subsequent crisis was “a defining moment in Margaret Thatcher’s career. She set up and chaired a small War Cabinet to take charge of the war effort, dispatching, in early April, a naval task force to retake the Falkland Islands. Argentina surrendered on 14 June and the British operation was hailed a success.
Margaret Thatcher Funeral
Margaret Thatcher’s funeral was held at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, with full military honors, followed by a private cremation.
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