Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the Iron Lady who ruled for 11 remarkable years, has died at the age of 87 after suffering a stroke.
“It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning,” Lord Tim Bell said, according to Reuters.
Thatcher served from 1975 to 1990 as leader of the Conservative Party. She was the only woman to serve at the British prime minister and was long revered for her personal and political toughness.
“A grocer’s daughter, she rose to the top of Britain’s snobbish hierarchy the hard way, and envisioned a classless society that rewarded hard work and determination,” wrote the AP.
“Very few leaders get to change not only the political landscape of their country but of the world,” said former prime minister Tony Blair. “Margaret was such a leader.”
Following a series of small strokes in 2002, Thatcher retired from public life and has only occasionally been seen in public in recent years. She is survived by her two children, Mark and Carol, and her grandchildren.
In her memory, here are a few especially notable quotes from Margaret Thatcher:
1. “Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”
2. “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”
3. “There is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families.”
4. “I’ve got a woman’s ability to stick to a job and get on with it when everyone else walks off and leaves it.”
5. “It’s a funny old world.” (on her decision to retire)