Her Run For Office
Thatcher made her first of two official runs for office just two years after her college graduation. Her first bid took place in 1950 for the Dartford parlimentary seat. Right from the start Thatcher knew the win for office would be impossible. But because of her attempt she gained a lot of respect from party peers due to her many speeches. Although she was defeated, Margaret Thatcher persevered by attempting the next year but once again, failed. Margaret then went on to marry Denis Thatcher two months after attempting her second political office attempt.
Thatcher put her future in politics on hold in 1952 when she decided to pursue law. The following year she gave birth to twins Carol and Mark. Then, in 1953 she finished her training in law and became a barrister which is equivalent to a lawyer. In 1959 she showed her inability to stay away from politics by finally winning a House of Commons seat, where she represented Finchley.
in 1961, Thatcher was promoted to parlimentary under secretary of all pensions and national insurance. Then, after the labour party took governmental control, she was made a member of the Shadow Cabinet. This group consisted of political leaders who would then assume cabinet positions shortly after their party took power.
Margaret Thatcher Becomes Prime Minister
When June 1970 came, Thatcher was made secretary of state for education and science. This position also came with the nickname “Thatcher, milk snatcher,” because of the universale free school milk program being abolished. If her position wasn’t frustrating enough, she also had a hard enough time trying to get her ideas listened to by then prime minister Heath.
This made Thatcher feel optimistic of women being in politics and got quoted when she said, “I don’t think there will be a woman prime minister in my lifetime,” in 1973 while making an appearance on television.
But Thatcher would prove herself wrong in 1974, shortly after the Conservative Party was removed from power. This turned Thatcher into a force to be reckoned with. In 1975, Thatcher beat out Heath for the Conservative Party leadership role. Making her the first woman to serve as a House of Commons opposition leader.
Timing couldn’t have been better because the conservatives returned to power in 1979 after the country sustained tremendous political turmoil. This turmoil though, allowed Thatcher to become England’s very first female prime minister.