Margaret Thatcher — a woman of character, leadership and a convicted spirit. A woman dedicated to individual freedom. The Heritage Foundation is proud of our special friendship with Lady Thatcher.
At a time when the Soviet Empire was still a powerful force, oppressing millions of people, Lady Thatcher tackled communism head on as prime minister of Great Britain.
She believed in the crucial need for America to exert international leadership in the cause of freedom and partnered with conservative American leaders like Ronald Reagan and The Heritage Foundation to ensure individual liberty.
Her commitment to the principles of free enterprise, limited government, and individual freedom lace the eternal friendship between The Heritage Foundation and Lady Thatcher.
Lady Thatcher visited Heritage several times throughout her life and received the Clare Boothe Luce Award, Heritage’s highest honor for contributions to the conservative movement.
She often referred to Heritage as the leader for conservative principles and said Heritage flew “the flag for conservatism over this last quarter-century with pride and distinction” during a 1997 visit.
When Lady Thatcher chose Heritage to house the Thatcher Center for Freedom, an institution faithful to carrying forward her legacy in the United States, Heritage was honored.
In an open letter to Heritage members, Lady Thatcher said she selected Heritage because of its commitment “to defending and restoring sound conservative principles.”
In 2006, Lady Thatcher became the “patron” of Heritage. Her new title recognized Lady Thatcher’s “singular contributions as a leader of the free world and to the improvement of the life of her nation and people.”
Through blog posts, reports, videos, lectures and special events, Heritage remains a strong support system for the important lessons to be learned from Lady Thatcher and her legacy.
We’ve compiled some of our favorite moments of the Heritage–Lady Thatcher friendship. Read, watch and learn more below.
The West Must Prevail by Lady Margaret Thatcher 12/9/02