May 4, 1979: Margaret Thatcher Becomes Prime Minister
On this day in 1979, Great Britain swore in its first female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher. Thatcher represented the Conservative Party and she was re-elected for two additional terms.
Throughout her three terms, Thatcher cut social welfare programs, limited trade unions, and cut government spending. Thatcher was dubbed the nickname “The Iron Lady” due to her strict conservative agenda and dislike for socialism.
On April 8, 2013, Margaret Thatcher passed away. News of her death brought back memories of her time as prime minister for Britons. View the NewsHour’s photo gallery of Thatcher’s funeral and its protestors.
Image: British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher with President Jimmy Carter at the White House, Washington, D.C 1977 (Library of Congress).