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born 1925

Margaret Thatcher was already a trailblazer when she earned a scholarship in 1943 to study chemistry at Oxford, but it wasn't until she became president of the university's conservative association that she found her true pioneering passion ~ politics.

Margaret got her official start in British government as a Conservative Member of Parliament. In less than 2 decades, she would go on to become the Party's leader and eventually the whole country's as the UK's first female Prime Minister. During her 11 years of high office, she reshaped the state to fit her free-market, small-government principles ~ ushering in a "Thatcher Revolution" that's still at the heart of today's debates about economic policy.

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her quotes

all quotes by Margaret Thatcher (9)

"In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman."

National Union of Townswomen’s Guilds | may 1965

"I don't think there will be a woman Prime Minister in my lifetime."

BBC | march 1973

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

BBC | 1979

"Pennies don't fall from heaven. They have to be earned on earth."

Lord Mayor's Banquet | november 1979

"No-one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions; he had money as well."

London Weekend Television | january 1980

"Economics are the method; the object is to change the heart and soul."

Sunday Times | may 1981

"My policies are based not on some economics theory, but on things I and millions like me were brought up with: an honest day's work for an honest day's pay; live within your means; put by a nest egg for a rainy day; pay your bills on time; support your police."

News of the World | september 1981

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

Press Association | may 1989

"Constitutions have to be written on hearts, not just paper."

Statecraft: Strategies for a Changing World | 2002
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curated with care by Alicia Williamson + Shelagh Bolger {september 2014}