How did British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher get the nickname “the Iron Lady” and when?

The 1980s British leader and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was a tough cookie.

“The Iron Lady” was a nickname given by a Russian newspaper, and the name stuck.

Not to be confused with “Iron Maiden,” which was the name of both a medieval execution device and a torturous 1970s rock band.

Margaret Hilda Thatcher was born on October 13, 1925 in Grantham in Lincolnshire, United Kingdom, and served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990.

Thatcher holds a life peerage as Baroness Thatcher, of Kesteven in the County of Lincolnshire, which entitles her to sit in the House of Lords.