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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

President of Liberia
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was schooled in the U.S. before serving in the government of her native Liberia. A military coup in 1980 sent her into exile, but she returned in 1985 to speak out against the military regime. She was forced to briefly leave the country again. When she won the 2005 election, Johnson-Sirleaf became the first female elected head of state in Africa. In 2011, she was one of a trio of women to win the Nobel Peace Prize, "for their nonviolent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work."

Events with this presenter

International Speaker Series (2007)

Building Democracy in Africa

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf


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