Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, LG, OM, DStJ, PC, FRS, HonFRSC was a British politician and stateswoman who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990.
She was born in Grantham, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom, on October 13, 1925. Margaret Thatcher, also known as Margaret Hilda Roberts, attended Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School on scholarship, and then went on to graduate from Somerville College, Oxford with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry.
While working for BX Plastics in Essex, she became very involved with the Conservative Party. While completing the bar, and giving birth to twins, she began actively campaigning for a Labour seat. She was unsuccessful, initially, but, in 1959, she won the seat. From there, she moved rather rapidly through the ranks, and in 1970, she was appointed Secretary of State for Education and Science. In 1979, she was elected as the United Kingdom's first female Prime Minister. She would hold the position for the next eleven years. Though she went undefeated for many years in elections, her approval rating was one of the lowest ever. However, she was recently ranked as the most competent British Prime Minister of the last 30 years according to an Ipsis MORI poll.
Margaret Thatcher was a British politician who had a net worth of $10 million dollars at the time of her death. Margaret Thatcher died on April 8, 2013 at the age 87.