Remembering Margaret Thatcher, the "Iron Lady" of British politics
On this day in 1979, Margaret Thatcher became Britain’s first female prime minister
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The first woman to become prime minister of the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher served three terms as premier, from 1979 to 1990. Throughout her tenure, the Conservative politician lambasted the Soviet Union, survived an audacious assassination attempt, implemented policies known as Thatcherism, and took on trade unions in often bitter and protracted industrial disputes. Not for nothing was she known as the "Iron Lady."
Browse the following gallery for an appreciation of one of Britain's most celebrated—and controversial—political leaders of recent years.
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