Feature: Margaret Thatcher

Written by: Emily Vargo

On October 13, 1925, in Grantham, Lincolnshire, a very important historical figure was born. This historical figure is Margaret Thatcher.

Margaret was raised a strict Wesleyan Methodist. Even though Thatcher was raised in the Methodist church, she had a very scientific mind. She did well in school and had hobbies like piano, field hockey, poetry, swimming, and walking.

In 1943, Thatcher was awarded a scholarship to study chemistry at Somerville College, Oxford. Thatcher graduated from college in 1947 with second honors with a chemistry bachelor of science degree, specializing in X-ray crystallography.

After graduating, Thatcher moved to Colchester in Essex, where she worked as a research chemist for BX Plastics.

In 1948 Thatcher went to a conservative convention in Wales. This was the start of her political career. She impressed many high-up chair members that lead to her being asked to run for office.

In 1949 Margaret met Denis Thatcher. They soon would get married at a methodist church. Eventually, they attended the Church of England and converted to Anglicanism.

In 1959 Thatcher was elected into parliament. She worked to help the people and climbed the ladder year after year, being the first woman ever to do so.

On May 4, 1979, Thatcher became the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Thatcher was described as the most powerful woman in the world during her time in office. Thatcher was prime minister from 1979-1990.

She underwent many challenges, but she handled them all with grace despite the constant pressure from the public.

Thatcher did so much for Great Britain and today holds a place in many people’s hearts.

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