Margaret Hilda Roberts was born on 13 October 1925 in Grantham, Lincolnshire, a small market town in eastern England. She was the daughter of a grocer. She attended Oxford University, and later she married Denis Thatcher and had two children.
Her political career has been one of the most remarkable of modern times. Mrs. Thatcher became the first woman to become Prime Minister of Britain and served over eleven years. She won three successive elections. She was known as hardheaded and hard-driving and had earned the nickname the “Iron Lady” of British politics.
She is remembered by many of her famous quotes. Among them:
- “Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the high road to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.”
- “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.”
- “Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”
- “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”
- “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”
- “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.”
- “There is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women and there are families.”
- “Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.”
Margaret Thatcher died on April 8, 2013, at age 87.