British Prime Minister (1979 -1990) Margaret Thatcher was the first woman to ever hold that office. Her gender, though, wasn’t what made her stand out. Thatcher didn’t have to confront Nazi Germany, as Churchill had, she had to deal with another, more insidious threat to her country’s well-being: rampant inflation, a stagnant economy and crushing government deficits. The latter efforts meant she was also often closely allied with Ronald Reagan’s U.S. administration. Margaret Thatcher led a long and intriguing political life, so here are 9 mind-blowing facts about the Iron Lady.
#1. The Name “Iron Lady”
Thatcher was given that memorable title ” the Iron Lady” by Soviet journalists, who had made “a grudging testament to her ferocious will and determination,” in the words of NPR.