She had an older sister. Being a conservative. Her position in the Conservative Party continued to rise over the next few years. 1982 Argentina invaded the British Falkland Islands. Time in Parliament In 1959 Thatcher won a seat on the House of Commons representing Finchley. 1925. She became a strong believer in a conservative government where the government has a limited amount of intervention in business. While attending Oxford. Muriel. Prime Minister Thatcher became Prime Minister on May 4. On April 2. the British armed forces were able to . 1979. England on October 13.  Falkland War . She held the top position in the United Kingdom for over 10 years. She then went back to school and earned her law degree. Now I am going to talk a bit about her acomplishments as a prime minister. she took over the leadership of the party and was the first woman to become Leader of the Opposition. She ran for the parliamentary seat in Dartford twice. She served as president of the Oxford University Conservative Association. Where did she grow up? She was born Margaret Roberts in Grantham. Margaret Enters Politics A few years later Margaret tried running for office for the first time. In 1970 Margaret was appointed to the position of Education Secretary. Margaret attended Oxford University where she graduated with a degree in Chemistry. She would serve there in some manner for the next 30 years. Margaret learned early on about politics from her father Alfred who served as both alderman and Mayor of Grantham. but it was good experience for her. In 1975 when the Conservative Party lost the majority position. she had little chance to win. Baroness Thatcher was a British politician who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and the Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. Margaret became interested in politics. After graduating in 1947 she got a job working as a chemist. and the family lived above her father's grocery store.Margaret Hilda Thatcher.One of the most important events during Thatcher's term was the Falkland War. Thatcher quickly sent British troops to retake the island. Although it was a difficult task. She was the longest-serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century and is the only woman to have held the office. losing both times. Her father was a local businessman and store owner.

1982 the Islands were once again under British control. Life After Being Prime Minister Margaret continued to serve as a Member of Parliament until 1992 when she retired. Her brand of conservatism and politics is often referred to as Thatcherism today. standing her ground in a miner's strike. In general. She managed this for the length of her term. She was known for a time as "Thatcher. ask a woman. if you want something done. It was during her leadership that the Cold War effectively came to an end."If you want something said. As to why she was in politics she said "I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil. While it damaged her hotel room.One of Thatcher's goals was to reduce the power of the trade unions.     take back the Falklands in a few short months and on June 14. Interesting Facts About Margaret Thatcher       She married Denis Thatcher in 1951. She got her nickname "The Iron Lady" from Soviet Captain Yuri Gavrilov in response to her strong opposition to communism and referring to uncompromising politics and leadership style She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from the United States. She remained active in politics. It was an assassination attempt by the Irish Republican Army. She held a very hard line against communism. While Secretary of Education she ended a free milk program in the schools. Privatization . union reform.Margaret played an important role in the Cold War. but at the same time welcomed the easing of relations with Mikhail Gorbachev. and changes in taxes. and gave speeches for the next 10 years. 1984 a bomb went off at the Brighton Hotel where Thatcher was staying." . the milk snatcher". Assassination Attempt . She allied herself with US President Ronald Reagan against the communist state of the Soviet Union. Cold War . 1990 Thatcher resigned from office under pressure from the conservatives that her policies on taxes were going to hurt them in the coming elections. this helped as prices were reduced over time. 2013 in London. In 2003 her husband Denis died and she suffered a number of small strokes. ask a man. twins Mark and Carol.Thatcher felt that moving some government run industries such as utilities into private ownership would help the economy.Thatcher implemented a number of changes at the start of her term including privatization. but after a few years the economy began to improve. Margaret was fine. wrote several books.On October 12. increased interest rates. At first. She died ten years later on April 8. and I believe that in the end good will triumph. On November 28. She and Denis had two children. things did not go well. Economy . Eventually strikes and lost worker's days were significantly reduced." She also said another controversial line an that is. Union Reform .