Mrs Thatcher was the first woman to occupy the Prime Minister’s position, a post she held from 1979 till 1990, a feat that has not been repeated till date.
The former P.M’s death was announced by her children, Carol and Mark. Lord Tim Bell, her spokesman stated that “it is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother, Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning.”
She was born on October 13, 1925, Thatcher was a trained research chemist before she ventured into Law. She was elected as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Finchley in 1959 and she rose within the political circles from there. She was appointed as the Secretary of State for Education and Science in 1970 while Edward Heath headed the Government. She later defeated Heath in the Conservative Party leadership election in 1975 as a result of which she became the first woman to lead a major political party in Britain. She became Prime Minister after winning the 1979 general elections. She was re-elected in 1983 and 1987. She resigned her position as party leader and Prime Minister in November 1990.