Margaret Thatcher became the first woman to be elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on this day in 1979. Winning three separate elections in a landslide, Thatcher held her position for more than a decade, making her the longest-serving British Prime Minister of the twentieth century. Known for her steadfast leadership and camaraderie with U.S. President Ronald Reagan, Thatcher was dubbed “The Iron Lady” by a critical media, though her approval ratings showed that she was the most popular British Prime Minister since Winston Churchill. Thatcher resigned in November 1990, but her impact on British politics resonates nearly three decades later.
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