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Margaret Thatcher: A Woman Who Changed the World

by Erik Fogel | Oct 13, 2017 9:00:00 AM |

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“Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing. It’s when you’ve had everything to do and you’ve done it.” - Margaret Thatcher

 

 

Margaret “Maggie” Thatcher was born on October 13, 1925 In Grantham, UK. Her birthday should mark her life of great success and her list of firsts for a woman.

 

She was the daughter of a grocer and attended school in the neighborhood. She was also a mamber of her school's debate team! Her dad participated in local politics, and she became interested in participating. She graduated from Oxford University with a degree in chemistry in 1947 and worked as a researcher for a few years.

 

Following in her father’s footsteps, she entered politics and ran for the House of Commons in Parliament as a conservative in 1950. She was lost but ran again, and was defeated a second time. However, she won the respect of her party.

 

In the meantime, she married Denis Thatcher and gave birth to  twins, Carol and Mark. She took another try for the House of Commons in 1959 and won. She remained in Parliament, and in 1970 the conservatives returned to power. She was named Secretary of State for Education and Science. However, she felt she was not being listened to, and said at the time, “I don’t think there will be a woman prime minister in my lifetime.” When the conservatives lost power 1974, she became leader of the party. She was a skilled debater in Parliament.

 

In 1979, she became the first woman Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. She was a strong leader. Her nickname was the “Iron Lady,” because she was tough, decisive, unafraid to stand up for her principles, and uncompromising.

Margaret Thatcher was one of a few world leaders who were in large part responsible for ending communism. She, Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II got the credit for bringing down the Berlin Wall and changing the course of history.

 

Margaret Thatcher worked her way up from grocer’s daughter to world leader. It takes planning and hard work to achieve your goals, but it is possible in today’s world. A debate team is a great way to gain skills as a speaker and acquire poise. Margaret Thatcher is a fine example of feminist success.

 

Sources:Town Hall, Biography

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