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First Female President of Liberia

Mon. April 6, 2009 at Redondo Beach 8:00 pm
Tues. April 7, 2009 at Thousand Oaks 8:00 pm
Wed. April 8, 2009 at Pasadena 8:00 pm

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, fondly called the "Iron Lady" by her supporters, has been leading, healing, and rebuilding Liberia as its president since 2005. From her service as a Liberian Cabinet Minister in the 1970s, senior United Nations administrator in the 1990s and now President, this Harvard educated woman, has never stopped working for democracy for her country. When she opposed the military rule of Samuel Doe, she was imprisoned before eventually fleeing. Her years in exile afforded her valuable international experience.

As Africa’s first elected female leader she is bold and courageous, unfazed by the enormous challenges she faces, and surprisingly optimistic about her chances for success. In 2007, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor bestowed by an U.S. president.