Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
“I’ve never been a president before, but I feel good about it. I’m humbled by the enormity of the challenge, no doubt about that. And I have anxieties because I want to get on with it so I can get on this long road to success.”
—Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
A Liberian-born, Harvard-educated grandmother of eight, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been jailed, charged with treason, exiled to Nigeria and the U.S. and has held positions at Citibank, the World Bank and the United Nations.
Now, as the first elected woman president of Africa, the “Iron Lady” and the many other powerful women she has appointed to leadership positions are not only changing the face of Liberia, but also making history worldwide.