As you may have heard by now, Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s first female PM, has died at the age of 87.
Thatcher has faced a variety of medical problems since retiring from public life after a stroke in 2002. Over the past decade, she suffered several strokes while also dealing with a growth in her bladder.
While millions are mourning the death of Thatcher, just as many are looking back at her life and realizing that she brought a lot of good to the world.
Her funeral, with full military honors, will be held at St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Although there was a time when nobody, including Thatcher, thought that a female prime minister was a possibility, she took over the nation’s top position in 1979 and held the title until 1990.
While most people will remember Thatcher for her work as PM, it is important to note that she came a long way from the early days of her life. She took great pride in being known as a grocer’s daughter, growing up in the England market town of Grantham.
From an early age, it was clear that Thatcher would be involved in politics. She attended Oxford, where she gave her first political speech at age 20, and was elected as the leader of the Conservative Party in 1975.
As you can imagine, there are a lot of people speaking out about the death of Margaret Thatcher. Let’s take a closer look at some of the reactions on Twitter:
Lord Sugar: Margaret Thatcher died today.A great lady she changed the face of British politics, created opportunity for anyone to succeed in the UK.RIP
Piers Morgan: Brave, divisive, formidable, tough, stubborn, dominant & domineering, Margaret Thatcher bestrode the world like a political colossus. RIP.
John Boehner: There was no secret to Lady Thatcher’s values – hard work & personal responsibility – & no nonsense in her leadership
Newt Gingrich: Margaret Thatcher, Pope John Paul and Ronald Reagan changed history. The world would be a much different place without them.
Michelle Malkin: “The spirit of envy can destroy. It can never build”- from Margaret Thatcher‘s 1975 Conservative Party Conf speech