England has lost a monumental figure in their history. Margaret Thatcher died today of a stroke at the age of 87. Being elected the first female prime minister, she certainly taught the world that women have every ability to play on the modern world stage as men do. She was certainly a fierce warrior for what she believed in, and would not accept anything less than excellence.
As an American, I see Lady Thatcher as a women who triumphed European conservatism. She helped reinvigorate a slow economy through deregulation and the promotion of free market economics — though she also instituted a poll tax. Her leadership during the Falklands War demonstrated her strength and resolve even in a difficult world crisis.
Her leadership was also interesting to see as across the pond, President Ronald Reagan worked for many of the same goals. Their friendship certainly demonstrated a new regime would sweep the world, and that it would be met with success. Though Lady Thatcher would eventually resign her position as Prime Minister due to an in-party challenge, she still remains a figurehead of the British Conservative Party. Lady Thatcher still remains a polarizing figure in Great Britain, her accomplishments cannot be ignored.
As she said goodbye to this world, people will always remember her as “The Iron Lady.” When teachers and historians educate the public on this woman, they will not be able to accurately explain her without defining her personality and internal resolve. Rest In Peace, Lady Thatcher.