IRON Lady Margaret Thatcher is the most influential woman of the past 200 years, a poll has found.
Most think the formidable Conservative Prime Minister, who died in 2013 aged 87, the person who paved the way for others to smash the glass ceiling.
Her influence is such that 25 years after she stepped down she heads a glittering list including Nobel Prize winning scientist Marie Curie and suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst.
Mrs Thatcher, who occupied Number 10 between 1979 and 1990, used her handbag as an icon of her rule once telling an interviewer: "Of course, I am obstinate in defending our liberties and our law. That is why I carry a big handbag." She also said: "If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman."