Long before “The Iron Chef” was the buzz, the world had the “Iron Lady” Margaret Thatcher. The first woman to serve as prime minister of Great Britain passed away Monday after suffering a stroke. She is being remembered around the world as a pioneer for women and politics. Some have called Lady Thatcher divisive and influential, noting her communication style and leadership.
The Guardian described the 87-year-old as “the most dominant British prime minister since Winston Churchill in 1940 and a global champion of the late 20th century free market economic revival.”
Thatcher, a conservative and close ally of President Ronald Reagan, served from 1979 until 1990. She was the longest-serving prime minister of the postwar era.
Here are seven quotes that capture the essence of Mrs. Thatcher’s philosophy, values, and communication.
1. “Of course, it is the same old story. Truth usually is the same old story.”
2. “In politics if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.”
3. “You don’t tell deliberate lies, but sometimes you have to be evasive.”
4. “If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time and you would achieve nothing.”
5. “To those waiting with bated breath for that favorite media catchphrase, the U-turn, I have only one thing to say: You turn if you want to. The lady’s not for turning.”
6. “I don’t mind how much my ministers talk, as long as they do what I say.”
7. “Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.”
Actress Meryl Steep who portrayed Margaret Thatcher in the Oscar-winning movie, “The Iron Lady,” said today: “She was a figure of awe for her personal strength and grit.”