Margaret Thatcher Named Most Influential Woman

01/11/2010 17:09 | Updated 22 May 2015

Prime Minister Margaret ThatcherPrime Minister Margaret Thatcher at her desk in 10 Downing Street, 1990. Photo: Tony Harris/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Love her or loathe her, Margaret Thatcher's role in shaping modern Britain is indisputable. Perhaps, then, it is not surprising that the former Prime Minister was selected as the most influential woman in a poll of more than 2,000 women conducted by MyDaily and YouGov.

Thatcher came in comfortably ahead of contemporary political figures like Michelle Obama and celebrities like Oprah Winfrey (sixth and fifth respectively). She also beat out superstars like Angelina Jolie, who failed to break the top 10, and supermodel Kate Moss, who finished dead last.

When asked what makes a woman influential, the top five responses were commitment (62), intelligence (46) and independence (38 of respondents said they would actually like to emulate Thatcher's powerful career. When it comes to who they would like to be, 58 of the vote.

Editor in chief of MyDaily, Carla Bevan, says these results show "the modern day woman looks for determination, independence, and personal achievement as key characteristics in women."

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