Abstract: Margaret Thatcher
The essay explores the life, times and legacy of Margaret Thatcher, the most outstanding female in the 20th century. The controlling idea is that she was a woman with great ambition, endeavour and determination to overcome difficulties of reaching her dream. Her ambition gained her trust from others gradually and made her the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. She struck to sweep away a great prejudice against the mere idea of having a woman as an important political member . As a Prime Minister, she determinedly made three notable achievements to Britain. She won admiration from all over the world. Thus, she should be remembered to all.
Margaret Thatcher: Britain’s “Iron Lady”
In the 1930s, a teenage girl named Margaret began thinking seriously about becoming a chemist and decided to acquire the best possible training in this field. Instead of an ordinary university, her goal was Oxford. The headmistress of her grammar school, Miss Gillies, plainly disapproved her ambition for two reasons. First, the daughter of a local grocer like Margaret had better not try to push herself beyond her proper place in life. Second, five years of Latin was required to pass the entrance exam at Oxford but Margaret knew no Latin at all. Faced with these obstacles, Margaret simply shook her head, refusing to give up. In just a year, her Latin miraculously became well enough to pass the Oxford exam with a high mark.
Margaret was no luckier than others. She deserved it. Margaret Thatcher, nicknamed “The Iron Lady”, was later known to the whole world as the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and the leader of the Conservative Party. Nothing is impossible. Her constant ambition, endeavour and determination in the long battle of her political career clearly prove it. According to her own words, “What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose.”(Brainy Quote Website)
Margaret Hilda Roberts, was born on October 13, 1925 in a grocer’s family in Grantham, a quiet old town in the dullest county of England. Later on December 13, 1951, she married Denis Thatcher and became Mrs.Thatcher.
Early at the age of ten, Margaret had shown her special interest in political activities. There was a heated election contest that year, which made many men stop in at her father’s shop and discussed politics. When Margaret was helping her father one evening, she listened eagerly to the discussion and even dared to ask to offer assistants to the cause. So she was given a job of delivering a list to her father’s political party on the day of election. On the list were names of those who had already cast their ballots. Standing outside the place where people were voting, she felt thrilled.
Later she attended Oxford and was excitingly...