Margaret Thatcher was famous for using her girly persona to get tough things done — conservative economic policies, encouraging the fall of communism in Europe, war in the Falkland Islands, the first Gulf War. Thatcher died Monday at the age of 87. She had suffered from dementia, and stayed out of the public eye in recent years. But she remained the role model for female American politicians, even ones who had little in common with her — Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin. Here are photos of her long career wearing feminine dresses and pouf hair and dominating rooms full of men.
1950: In her first political campaign, then-Margaret Roberts sang along with voters in the bar of the Bull Inn, Dartford, England during the 1950 general election. She lost.
1951: At age 26 with her soon-to-be-husband Denis Thatcher during the 1951 general election. She lost this one, too.
1975: Thatcher, then Opposition Leader, was visited in London by then-former California Gov. Ronald Reagan.
1976: Addressing the conservative party's annual conference.
1976: Visiting the British Rhine Army at Herford and Guetersloh, Germany, as opposition leader.
1977: Meeting President Jimmy Carter for the first time.