Margaret Thatcher - A World Leader

Margaret Thatcher was the United Kingdom's first female Prime Minister (1979-1990), and she is one of the dominant political figures of 20th century Britain.

She won three successive General Elections and served as British Prime Minister for more than eleven years.

Margaret Thatcher earned the nickname "Iron Lady" as a result of her conservative polices, her hard line against Trade Unions and her rhetoric in opposition to the Soviet Union.

Mrs. Thatcher strongly believed in deregulation of the financial sector, the sale or closure of State owned companies, the withdrawal of State sponsored subsidies and flexible labor markets.

During her term of office she challenged and sought to reshaped almost every aspect of British politics (By successfully shifting British economic and foreign policy to the right), reviving the economy, reforming outdated institutions, and reinvigorating the nation's foreign policy.

Margaret Thatcher Quotes

In politics if you want anything said, ask a man.

If you want anything done, ask a woman.


Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.


If my critics saw me walking over the Thames they would say it was because I couldn't swim.


Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.


What is success?

I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing;

knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose.


I've got a woman's ability to stick to a job and get on with it when everyone else walks off and leaves it.


I love argument, I love debate.

I don't expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me, that's not their job.


To wear your heart on your sleeve isn't a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.


You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.


Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.


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.


The woman's mission is not to enhance the masculine spirit, but to express the feminine;

hers is not to preserve a man-made world, but to create a human world by the infusion of the feminine element into all of its activities.


If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.


One More Quote

"I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left."


If you would like to know more about Mrs. Thatcher, please visit the website of the Margaret Thatcher Foundation, the largest contemporary history site of its kind.

They offer free access to thousands of historical documents relating to the Thatcher period.

Margaret Thatcher Foundation

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