“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” – Margaret Thatcher
Margaret Thatcher, also known as “the Iron Lady” was the first female prime minister in Great Britain (1979-1990). She changed society in many ways, which is why I am interested in having her as my eminent person. I look up to her as a strong role model with lots of leadership. Margaret is eminent in many ways, not only because she ran for prime minister as a female, but also because she influenced many women after being elected. She was nicknamed “the Iron Lady” because of her strong leadership style and headstrong personality. Before she was elected, Thatcher failed twice while trying to earn respect from her fellow political parties; that only made her work harder, ending with a successful result, becoming the first female prime minister. Throughout her time as prime minister of Great Britain, Thatcher was able to overcome all the obstacles thrown in her way, big or small. She was also “extraordinarily patient, provided [she] gets [her] own way in the end.” One of Thatcher’s strongest influencers during her early life was her father, Alfred Roberts. Roberts was a religious man who was also highly political. Margaret Thatcher and the Thatcher policy was influenced by Milton Friedman, an American free market economist, to raise interests to balance and control inflation. Although not an influence, Thatcher made some strong allies, for example U.S president Ronald Reagan. I think that Thatcher really tore down a big obstacle when she ran for prime minister, because society would believe the common stereotype that women aren’t cut out and strong enough for a job like that. Although Thatcher’s strongest strength was her strong leadership skills and her way of being “the Iron Lady”, they were also her weakness. Thatcher never really took account of what her advisors thought, and always went her way, meaning she never really accepted others’ opinions. I am similar to Thatcher in some ways, because she has a lot of leadership, and my goal is to have be like her, having lots of leadership, but I also have my differences from her. Thatcher is extremely brave and takes many risks, but I am a person who likes to stay in my comfort zone more than taking risks. I truly think that Margaret Thatcher was one of the best role models that Great Britain’s ever had, and a strong, political leader and a great influence on all.
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