She was Britain's first female Prime Minister and an extremely strong willed woman which earned her the nickname of The Iron Lady. I admired her a lot - she worked hard for her country and served from 1979 to 1990 when she resigned. I will always remember her tears on the day she left 10 Downing Street - we saw that she had a vulnerable side after all. She is 84 now.
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Margaret Thatcher was Britain's first female prime minister. A graduate of Somerville College, Oxford, with a master of arts degree from the University of Oxford she worked as a research chemist and a barrister, concentrating on tax law, before being elected to the House of Commons in 1953. She held several ministerial appointments including education minister (1970-74). Elected leader of her Party (the Opposition) in 1975, she became prime minister in 1979. Known as a strong leader and an "astute Parliamentary tactician, she knew how to handle disagreement, no matter from which bench it issued.