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Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013)

Margaret Thatcher, the "Iron Lady" of British politics, was the first woman to become prime minister of Britain and the first to lead a major Western power in modern times. It was a long road. Her critics panned the principles known as Thatcherism -- that personal responsibility and hard work would lead to national prosperity, and that free-market democracies should stand firm against aggression -- but gave her grudging respect in the end. Said Thatcher: "You don't follow the crowd, you make up your own mind." Thatcher is seen above in 1989.Johnny Eggitt / AFP / Getty Images