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Watch Theresa May's First Speech as the First Female UK Prime Minister Since Margaret Thatcher

Watch Theresa May's First Speech as the First Female UK Prime Minister Since Margaret Thatcher

Theresa May, Prime Minister of the U.K., delivered her first speech in her new role outside of 10 Downing Street on Wednesday.

Though short, her speech covered much ground and touched upon a range of issues from the lack of equal pay women to the challenges for those with mental illnesses and the difficulties of growing up in the nation pending a divorce from the European Union.

"If you are a woman, you will earn less than a man. If you suffer from mental health problems, there's not enough help to hand. If you're young, you'll find it harder than ever before to own your own home," she said later adding, "But the mission to make Britain a country that works for everyone means more than just fighting these injustices."

May pointed out the pivotal moment in the nation's history.

"We are living through an important moment in our country's history. Following the referendum we face a time of great national change. And I know because we're Great Britain, we will rise to the challenge. As we leave the European Union, we will forge a bold, new positive role for ourselves in the world. And we will make Britain a country that works not for a privileged few, but for every one of us."

Critics have compared her speech with the remarks of the first-ever female Prime Minister of the U.K., Margaret Thatcher, who was elected into office in 1979.

"There is now work to be done," Thatcher said after becoming Prime Minister. 

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