Meet Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Born in Monrovia on the 29th of October 1938, Ellen served as the 24th Liberian president from 2006-2018. She was the first democratically elected head of state in Africa.
Ellen was educated at College of West Africa and got married to James Sirleaf at the age of 17 and together they had four children. In 1961 she traveled to America with her husband and it was the same year she got divorced from her husband because of James alleged abuse.
Ellen graduated with an Associate Degree in Accounting from Madison Business College. Between 1969 -1971, she joined Economics and Public Policy at Havard John F.Kennedy School of Governance and obtained a Masters in Public Administration.
In 1971 she returned to Liberia to work in government as Deputy Minister of Finance until 1974 when she went away again only to come back to become the Finance Minister in 1979. She fled to U.S.A in 1980 after the coup and worked at Citibank and Equator bank.
She returned to Liberia to contest in senetorial elections in 1985. In 1996 she came second in presidential elections won by Charles Taylor. She continued working hard for the freedom of Liberia.She took part in non-violent struggle for safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in nation-building. It won her the hearts of many women leading to her election as the First Female Elect Head of State in Africa in 2005.She took office on the 16th of January 2006.Because of her good leadership, she was re-elected as president in 2011.
In June 2016,she became the first woman to hold the position of Chairperson of Economic Community of West African States.
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