Influential Women
Updated: 5/18/2020
Influential Women

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  • Margaret Thatcher was the prime minister of the United Kingdom from 1979-1990 as well as the leader of the Conservative Party from 1975-1990. She was the first ever female prime minister in the UK and was given the nickname "Iron Lady" for her strong willed approach to politics. Throughout her time in parliament, Thatcher reduced taxes, privatized numerous businesses, and limited trade union influences. Thatcher had was very successful in her efforts as a prime minister, but towards the end of her political career her popularity reduced when she introduced community charge. Even after death, Margaret Thatcher has left a life long legacy for her strong political views against the European Union, which has influenced British politicians today.
  • Margaret Thatcher
  • Golda Meir was originally born in Ukraine, but her wits and strong will quickly made her the first and only female prime minister of Israel. Much like Margaret Thatcher, Meir governed with immense confidence and firm beliefs. She focused much of her political career on creating diplomatic relationships and supporting Zionism. Her diplomatic talents would help her advance greatly and help Israel succeed by securing financial and military aid with other countries. In addition to diplomatic relationships, she created new welfare systems and lead Israel in the Yom Kippur War, one of the most important victories against the Arabs, to protect important religious territory. Her efforts were very successful and would result in Israeli independence. Her legacy lives on today in memory of her Zionist beliefs and success in creating an independent State of Israel.
  • Golda Meir
  • Indira Gandhi is the first and only female prime minister of India. She is most noted for leading India to victory in the Pakistan war through her efforts towards improving agriculture. Much of her war success was also due to the fact that she helped India improve agriculture,which led to India being self sufficient in food grain. Winning the Pakistan war also lead to the creation of Bangladesh, where she highly respected as well. Although she enforced a state of emergency that censored all media, she still won the following election, which shows how well respected and important Ghandi was. Beyond her assassination, Gandhi's legacy lives on today as India is still one of the greatest powers and growing economically as a result of Indira Gandhi's efforts towards establishing a more self sufficient nation.
  • Indira Ghandi