Margaret Thatcher named most influential woman of last 70 years

Margaret Thatcher. (Photo: P.A. Wire)
Margaret Thatcher. (Photo: P.A. Wire)

Margaret Thatcher has been named the most influential woman of the last 70 years by BBC Radio Four programme ‘Women’s Hours’.

Thatcher, who was U.K. Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990, was viewed as a divisive figure in the north of Ireland.

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At the time of her death in April 2013, Sinn Fein President, Gerry Adams, accused Thatcher of making the north of Ireland a more bitter place.

Thatcher was lambasted for the way in which she handled the 1981 hunger strikes which resulted in the deaths of 10 republican prisoners.

People in Derry took to the streets and celebrated Margaret Thatcher’s death in 2013.

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The list of influential women was decided by a panel of seven women, including businesswoman Karren Brady, screenwriter Abi Morgan, former Women’s Hour editor Jill Burridge, and Julia Hobsbawm, the founder of Editorial Intelligence. It was chaired by the journalist Emma Barnett.