Date of Birth
Place of Birth
(United Kingdom, England)
Also know as
Margaret Hilda Roberts, Attilla the Hen, Baroness Thatcher, Rt Hon Margaret Thatcher, Lady Thatcher, Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Thatcher, the Milk Snatcher, Margaret Roberts, Rt Hon. Lady Thatcher, Rt Hon. The Baroness Thatcher, The Rt Hon. The Baroness Thatcher, LG, OM, PC, FRS
Lawyer, Chemist, Scientist, Politician, Statesman, Barrister
- I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.
- No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he only had good intentions. He had money as well.
- This lady is not for turning.
- People think that at the top there isn't much room. They tend to think of it as an Everest. My message is that there is tons of room at the top.
- The battle for women's rights has been largely won.
- There is no such thing as society: there are individual men and women, and there are families.
- I owe nothing to Women's Lib.
- I don't mind how much my ministers talk -- as long as they do what I say.
- 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 shan't be pulling the levers there but I shall be a very good back-seat driver.
- If you lead a country like Britain, a strong country, a country which has taken a lead in world affairs in good times and in bad, a country that is always reliable, then you have to have a touch of iron about you.
- Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.
- I usually make up my mind about a man in ten seconds, and I very rarely change it.
- Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.
- I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph.
- Most women defend themselves. It is the female of the species -- it is the tigress and lioness in you -- which tends to defend when attacked.
- It pays to know the enemy -- not least because at some time you may have the opportunity to turn him into a friend.
- I am extraordinarily patient provided I get my own way in the end.
- I do not know anyone who has gotten to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but it will get you pretty near.
- Of course, it is the same old story. Truth usually is the same old story.
- One only gets to the top rung of the ladder by steadily climbing up one at a time, and suddenly all sorts of powers, all sorts of abilities which you thought never belonged to you--suddenly become within your own possibility and you think, Well, I'll have a go, too.
- 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.
- One of the things being in politics has taught me is that men are not a reasoned or reasonable sex.
- You don't tell deliberate lies, but sometimes you have to be evasive.
- I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air.
- To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects.
- You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
- Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy.
- If it is once again one against forty-eight, then I am very sorry for the forty-eight.
- The cocks may crow, but it's the hen that lays the egg.
- Pennies do not come from heaven -- they have to be earned here on earth.
- To wear your heart on your sleeve isn't a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.
- It may be the cock that crows, but it is the hen that lays the eggs.
- 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.
Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, LG OM PC FRS, was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and the Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. She was the longest-serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century and is the only woman to have held the office. A Soviet journalist dubbed her the "Iron Lady", a nickname that became associated with her uncompromising politics and leadership style. As Prime Minister, she implemented policies that have come to be known as Thatcherism.
Originally a research chemist before becoming a barrister, Thatcher was elected Member of Parliament for Finchley in 1959. Edward Heath appointed her Secretary of State for Education and Science in his 1970 government. In 1975, Thatcher defeated Heath in the Conservative Party leadership election to become Leader of the Opposition and became the first woman to lead a major political party in the United Kingdom. She became Prime Minister after winning the 1979 general election.
Upon moving into 10 Downing Street, Thatcher introduced a series of political and economic initiatives intended to reverse high unemployment and Britain's struggles in the wake of the Winter of Discontent and an ongoing recession. Her political philosophy and economic policies emphasised deregulation, flexible labour markets, the privatisation of state-owned companies, and reducing the power and influence of trade unions. Thatcher's popularity during her first years in office waned amid recession and high unemployment until the 1982 Falklands War brought a resurgence of support, resulting in her re-election in 1983.