#5. She lost her first two parliamentary elections
Thatcher was one of the first female presidents of the Oxford University Conservative Association.She was 24-year-old candidate to stand for a seat in the House of Commons during the election of 1950. Adopting the slogan “Vote Right to Keep What’s Left,” Thatcher faced an uphill battle in the working-class district of Dartford, which leaned toward the opposition Labour Party. Although defeated, she garnered considerable media attention and praise for cutting the Labour majority by a third. She lost in Dartford again in 1951, but she finally won a seat in Parliament after running in the staunchly Conservative district of Finchley in northern London in 1959.