Growing up, even as an American, I was in awe of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Here was an individual, who as a woman, rose through the political ranks to become one of the strongest and most capable leaders to run any country, let alone the United Kingdom. As an adult, despite disagreeing with almost all of her politics, I still stand in awe and of respect for her.
You don't have to share someones politics, to recognize the amount of influence they had over their country,and over large portions of the world. She, through talent and willpower, set out to turn her country back onto what she thought was the correct path. Over her long political career, she had to prove time and again that not only was she capable of doing the job, but she had to overcome other people's misconceptions of her. No matter what else you may think of her, you can not say she didn't prove her doubters wrong.
She passed away of a stroke on 4-8-2013.