The Lady 's Not For Turning

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"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. '" -Margaret Thatcher at the 1980 Conservative Party Conference in Brighton Britain emerged as one of the victors of World War II and became a founding member of the United Nations with a permanent seat on the Security Council. However, it lost the title of global superpower, easily demonstrated by the Indian movement for independence, and the botched attempt to occupy the Suez Canal. Massive war debts, lack of economic productivity, and high spending, accruable to the demise of the British Empire, created problems for all new government administrations . When Margaret Thatcher took office in 1979, she became the first female prime minister and the first female head of state in the Western world. Guided by her political philosophies, she sought to fix the problems that Britain faced. In doing so, she forever changed the face of the United Kingdom. The Life and Tenure of Margaret Thatcher (Birth to Election) Margaret Hilda Thatcher (née Roberts) was born October 13, 1925 in Grantham, Lincolnshire, England. Raised in a strict Methodist family , she was the oldest daughter of Alfred Roberts, a grocer, minister, and local politician, and Ethel Stephenson, a homemaker. Emulating her father, she formed an early desire to be a politician. Propelled by her intelligence, she scored a spot at Oxford

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