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The Iron Lady's ilk: Powerful women of the last century

Love her or hate her, former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher undeniably earned her place in the pantheon of 20th and 21st century women unafraid to assert themselves, often in spheres traditionally dominated by men.

The Iron Lady's ilk: Powerful women of the last century

Though Margaret Thatcher's political life — and her death — have been a polarizing affair even outside the UK, that she was an influential woman is beyond dispute. One of Time's "25 most powerful women of the past century," Thatcher's toughness earned her the nickname the "Iron Lady." The nickname is famously Thatcher's, but would probably be apt to describe other prominent women of the past century, who stand, as President Obama said in his statement on Thatcher's death, "as an example to our daughters that there is no glass ceiling that can’t be shattered."