As the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May is currently one of the most powerful and recognizable women in the world. People from across the globe recognize her because of her status. Born in Eastbourne, Sussex, on October 1, 1956, she is only the second female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. She was elected to this role on July 13, 2016, as the leader of the Conservative Party and the successor to David Cameron. Although she is a prominent political figure, there are still many things that people do not know about this British politician. Here are 10 interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Theresa May.
1. She Has a Geography Degree
Unlike many politicians, Theresa May did not study for a degree in either law or politics. In fact, she studied for a geography degree at St. Hugh’s College at Oxford University. In 1977, she graduated with a second-class BA degree. She then pursued a career in banking and her first job was at the Bank of England.
2. Her Parents Died Within Months of Each Other
May’s parents were Zaidee Mary and Hubert Brasier, and she was their only child. Sadly, her parents died within months of each other. Her father was tragically killed in a car accident in 1981. Her mother, who suffered from multiple sclerosis, died just months later.
3. She Loves Cooking
Due to her powerful career status, it surprises many people to learn that Theresa May also enjoys many domestic activities. She particularly enjoys cooking and likes to experiment with different dishes at home. It is believed that she has a collection of more than 100 cooking books at her Downing Street home. According to her husband, she is an extremely good cook.
4. She Is Also Passionate About Hiking
Something else that Theresa May enjoys in her spare time is hiking. This is an activity that she enjoys with her husband, Phillip May, to whom she has been married since 1980. The couple visit locations across the United Kingdom to fulfill this passion. They also take their vacations in the Swiss Alps where they can enjoy hiking in the stunning surroundings.
5. May Supported Same-Sex Marriages
Before same-sex marriages were legalized in the United Kingdom, Theresa May expressed her support for a change in the law. In May 2012, she even recorded a video for the ‘Out4Marriage’ campaign. She also voted in favor of the legalization of same-sex marriages in England and Wales in May 2013. However, she had voted against the lowering of the age of consent for homosexual acts in 1998.
6. She Was the First Foreign Leader to Meet Donald Trump
Following Donald Trump’s inauguration to the position of the President of the United States, Theresa May was the first foreign leader to meet with him. The meeting took place on January 27, 2017. During their meeting, May indicated an interest in increased mutual trade. May also received criticism following the meeting as she had not condemned Trump’s Executive Order 13769.
7. May Has Diabetes
In 2012, Theresa May was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes mellitus. Due to suffering from this condition, she must inject herself with insulin every day.
8. She is a Follower of Fashion
May is known for her love of fashion, and this is something for which she has received criticism. The media have also been criticized for focusing too much on what she is wearing rather than her political prowess. Theresa May is particularly fond of wearing fashionable and distinctive shoes.
9. She Has a Personal Net Worth of $3 Million
It is estimated that Theresa May has a personal net worth of $3 million which she has accrued through her successful careers in both finance and politics. In her position as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, she has an annual salary of approximately $190,000.
10. She Has Become Famous for Her Robotic Dance Moves
During several conferences and interviews, Theresa May has entered the stage demonstrating her robotic dance moves. Videos of these have been viewed by thousands on YouTube and on social media platforms. While many people have criticized her for not taking the role seriously, others have praised her dancing and said it shows that she is human and has a fun side.