The iron lady with an ironic history!
Widely known as the Iron Lady, Margaret Hilda Roberts, later Margaret Thatcher, was
born on October 12, 1925, in Grantham, a small town in Lincolnshire, England.
became Britain’s first Conservative Party leader and was elected Prime Minister in 1979, making her the first woman
to hold the position in Europe. She was the only British prime minister in the
20th century to serve for three consecutive terms, and at the time
of her resignation, she became Britain’s longest consecutively serving prime
minister since 1827.
her time in office, she encouraged the evolution of the British economy from
statism to liberalism by privatizing certain industries and cutting social
welfare programs. By personality, she was considered the most renowned British political leader after Winston Churchill.
she was also a controversial figurehead because of her conservative ideas; she
stripped the United Kingdom off many social programs that used to aid the poor,
and many leaders criticize her for Britain’s ensuing housing and economic
crises. Once she allegedly said that the country should be “Whites only.” And in fact, poverty and inequality both
surged during her tenure.
died on April 8, 2013, at age 87.
Britain’s first, and as yet the only, female Prime Minister, Margaret
Thatcher’s life is always filled with famous sound bites. Here are 10 feeling quotes of
Thatcher that best describe the personality of the woman who always strived to
be a stronger woman than the one in Buckingham palace:
“I love arguments. I love debate. I don’t expect anyone just to sit there and
agree with me— that’s not their job.”- Margaret Thatcher
“Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to
understanding the problems of running a country.”- Margaret Thatcher
“Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”-
“Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although
difficult, is the high road to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.”-
“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 Thatcher
“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.”- Margaret
course, to be a mother and a housewife is a vocation of a very high kind. But I
simply felt that it was not the whole of my vocation. I knew that I also wanted
a career. A phrase that Irene Ward, MP for Tyremouth, and I often used was that
‘while the home must always be the center of one’s life, it should not be the
boundary of one’s ambitions.”- Margaret Thatcher
“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.” -Margaret Thatcher
“If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a
woman.”- Margaret Thatcher
“I have got a woman’s ability to stick to a job and get on with it when
everyone else walks off and leaves it.”- Margaret Thatcher
Seven movies and TV series that best
portray Margaret Thatcher:
first female Prime Minister has
been portrayed in many movies and TV series. In Netflix’s epic British Drama, The Crown, Gillian Anderson is the
latest addition in the list of actresses who have played the iron lady,
you haven’t binged it, you should, because she has completely nailed the
in case you’ve already binged it and want to watch more of Thatcher, here’s
what you can see next:
Streep played Margaret Thatcher in this movie, and also won an Oscar for it!
Iron Lady is a biographical movie based on the life and career of Britain’s
first female Prime Minister.
five-episode drama-documentary portrays the life story of Queen Elizabeth II.
Third episode into the drama, and you will see Her Majesty’s relationship with
Thatcher, played by Mike Leigh collaborator Lesley Manville.
by BBC, the film addresses Thatcher’s final days at the office, following her
defeat in the Conservative Party’s 1990 leadership election. The character was
played by Lindsay Duncan.
based on an account of how Margaret Thatcher’s government handles the biggest
crises in British foreign affairs—1982’s Falklands War.
was originally intended to broadcast on TV and radio, but the project was
halted indefinitely because of its alleged pro-Thatcher tone and depiction. The
play was finally staged in 2002. Patricia Hodge plays Thatcher.
this movie, there’s a movie sense in which the fictional Thatcher (was doing
the dishes, and thinks she is talking to 007). The iron housewife was portrayed
by Janet Brown.
2002, Greta Scacchi played Margaret Thatcher in a fictionalized biography of
Tory peer Jeffrey Archer.
BBC One’s drama has a scene in which Thatcher is doing a striptease. She was
also shown in a steamy sex scene with the former Prime Minister and Archer,
played by Damian Lewis.
Thatcher even has a heart tattoo with letters JA carved on her hip.
2008 BBC Four television drama is based on the life and early political career
of the young Margaret who struggles to win a parliamentary seat, Finchley, in
1959. Thatcher is played by Andrea Riseborough.
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