The UK's first female prime minister, who passed away at the age of 87, made massive changes concerning the perception of the country from inside and out.

This article titled “The Iron Lady: Michael White looks back at the life of Margaret Thatcher” was written by Michael White, for guardian.co.uk on Monday 8th April 2013 12.48 UTC

Margaret Thatcher, who has died at the age of 87, was the first woman to rule rather than merely reign over the British state since Elizabeth I in 1603.

Though she lacked the great queen's personal popularity and defter political skills, Thatcher's sheer willpower and courage sustained her ascendancy over male rivals for a turbulent 11 and a half years. It was the longest premiership since 1812-27 and the most formidable since Churchill in his wartime prime.

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