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Margaret Thatcher
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     challenging words:    barrister, mineworkers, deploy, unsuccessful, hearing, arsenal, resign, finding, consultant, military, wealthy, politics, comparable, successful, political, chemist
     content words:    Margaret Hilda Roberts, Great Britain, Somerville College, Oxford University, At Somerville, Sir Denis Thatcher, Sir Denis, British House, United States Congress, Margaret Thatcher


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Margaret Thatcher
By Jane Runyon
  

1     When Margaret Hilda Roberts was born, no one would have suspected that she would grow up to be the political leader of Great Britain. After all, a woman had never been the prime minister of the country before. Why would anyone think that a woman would lead the country in the future? Margaret was born on October 13, 1925. Her parents lived in Grantham, a town in Lincolnshire, England. Her father was a grocer. He was also very active in local politics. Margaret grew up hearing politics discussed in her home.
 
2     Margaret did well in school. In 1944, she entered Somerville College. This college was part of Oxford University. At Somerville, she studied chemistry. After graduating, she went on to work as a research chemist. One of her first projects was to come up with a way to preserve ice cream for longer periods of time. She eventually worked with a team of scientists who developed the first soft serve frozen ice cream.
 
3     During the early 1950s, Margaret became involved in politics herself. She was unsuccessful in getting herself elected to office at the time. She was successful in meeting and marrying Sir Denis Thatcher. Sir Denis was wealthy enough that Margaret could stop working as a chemist and go to law school. She became a British barrister in 1953, the same year she gave birth to twins, Carol and Mark.

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