Margaret Thatcher, the first woman to become British prime minister, has died at the age of 87. She previously suffered a stroke back in 2002 and was hospitalized after a procedure to remove a growth in her bladder in 2012.
"It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning,” said her spokesperson, Lord Bell.
Thatcher earned the nickname the "Iron Lady" after a 1976 speech declaring that "the Russians are bent on world dominance." Her conservative views meshed well with those of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, and the two were known to be close, as noted by CNN
Despite her accomplishments, one of the blemishes on her record was arguing against the reunification of East and West Germany.
"East Germany has been under Nazism or communism since 1930. You are not going to go overnight to democratic structures and a freer market economy," Thatcher said. She insisted that peace, security and stability in "can only be achieved through our existing alliances negotiating with others internationally."
Thatcher took strong stances on many important matters and was not one to shift her opinion at the drop of a hat. Once, at a Conservative party conference, she had this to say with regard to changing her mind about various issues: "To those waiting with bated breath for that favorite media catchphrase, the U-turn, I have only one thing to say: 'You turn if you want to. The lady's not for turning,'" Her remarks were met with cheers from those in attendance.
After her passing, Buckingham Palace released a statement: "The Queen was sad to hear the news of the death of Baroness Thatcher. Her Majesty will be sending a private message of sympathy to the family."