Despite recent criticism of her policies, the Thatcher succeeded. Her attack on inflation, her reform of spending and taxes, of labour laws, the exiting of government businesses, and the re-creation of a Britain that worked, worked.
"I don't think there will be a woman Prime Minister in my lifetime." -- as education secretary on March 5, 1973 (six years before ascending to PM's office).
The modern history book has names like like Hillary Clinton and Angela Merkel holding positions of tremendous influence. Before them, Margaret Thatcher drove a path that many would associate with her...