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Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

Africa's 1st Elected Female Head of State Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

Profession: Africa's 1st Elected Female Head of State


Biography: Sirleaf became the world's first elected black female president and Africa's first elected female head of state when she took office as the President of Liberia (2006).

After signing a Freedom of Information bill, she has become a global icon due to her commitment to fighting dictators, corruption and poverty through the empowerment of women.

In 2011 Sirleaf was awarded the Nobel Peace prize for her nonviolent role in promoting peace, democracy and gender equality.

Born: October 29, 1938
Birthplace: Monrovia, Liberia
Age: 83 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Scorpio

Historical Events

  • 2005-11-08 Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is elected president of Liberia, the first woman to lead an African country
  • 2006-01-16 Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is sworn in as Liberia's new president. She becomes Africa's first female elected head of state.

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