Margaret Thatcher, Britain's first female prime minister, passed away today at age 87, and prominent people have been sharing their reactions to the loss. True to her "Iron Lady" nickname, the tough leader wasn't afraid to spark controversy on issues like Ireland and unions, and even today people are celebrating the end of the Thatcher era. Although polarizing, she was undoubtedly a very-quotable British icon, an influential Cold War leader, and a trailblazer for women. In the wake of today's news, see how public figures have reacted to Thatcher's passing.
Sarah Palin posted on Facebook, "We're deeply saddened at the loss of Margaret Thatcher. While the Iron Lady is sadly gone, her iron will, her unfailing trust in what is right and just, and her lessons to all of us will live on forever. She was a trailblazer like no other. We lost an icon, but her legacy, as solid as iron, will live on in perpetuity."
Sir Richard Branson blogged about Margaret Thatcher, saying, "She really did set the groundwork for entrepreneurialism and business in Britain. She will go down in history books as somebody who made a real difference."