Margaret Thatcher’s 19 Most Badass Moments

She is certainly not for turning.

19. When she rode on a tank near Communist-controlled East Germany.

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18. When she was elected to Parliament in 1959. The body was only 4% women at the time.

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17. When she declared that she would not budge on her political convictions.

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16. When she was one of only a few conservatives to support the decriminalization of homosexuality in the U.K. in 1966.

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15. When she became the U.K.’s first female prime minister in 1979.

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14. When she claimed her own at the White House.

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13. When she managed to raise twins — as she gained substantial political power — and was regularly home “in time to do the washing up.”

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12. When she called out her socialist opponents.

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11. When she destroyed her critics on the Parliament floor.

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10. When she made the blue power suit iconic.

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9. When GDP rose +23.3 under her three terms as prime minister.

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8. When she helped defeat the Soviet Union.

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7. When she was not afraid to be the most powerful woman in the world.

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6. When she had this photo taken on Abbey Road.

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5. When she declared her opinion on increased EU power.

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4. When she was elected three times to lead a political body of men who regularly mocked her for being a woman.

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3. When she defined a political ideology for a generation.

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2. When Meryl Streep played her in a movie called The Iron Lady.

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Oh, and the term “Iron Lady” came from a Soviet defense newspaper describing her in 1976.

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1. And if you watch only one 50-second clip of her, WATCH THIS:

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RIP, Iron Lady.

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