Margaret Hilda Thatcher or Baroness Thatcher became the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979-1990. She served as the Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990.

Margaret Thatcher became the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. She is best known for both her conservative ideology and her friendship with Ronald Reagan. Thatcher is a role model to countless conservative women. Here’s 17 quotes from the Iron Lady to show you why.

On being a woman:

  • “I owe nothing to Women’s Lib.”

  • “The battle for women’s rights has been largely won.”

  • “If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.”

  • “Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.”

  • “Being powerful is like being a lady… if you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”

  • “It may be the cock that crows, but it is the hen that lays the eggs.”

On planning:

  • “Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.”

  • “Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan.”

On economics:

  • “You and I come by road or rail, but economists travel on infrastructure.”

  • “There can be no liberty unless there is economic liberty.”

On standing strong:

  • “If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.”

  • “Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.”

  • “I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph.”

  • “Being prime minister is a lonely job… you cannot lead from the crowd.”

  • “To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects.”

  • “I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air.”

AnnaKatherine C