Today’s terrific woman this Tuesday is Ellen Johnson Sirleaf! She was the first woman to be elected head of state of an African country. Ellen was president of Liberia from 2006-2018.
She was also one of three recipients of the 2011 Nobel Prize for Peace for her efforts to further women’s rights.
During her presidency she made many positive changes. Liberia had more than 15,000 United Nations peacekeepers in the country and the unemployment was running at 80 percent; the debt was high. By 2010, Ellen had erased all of Liberia’s debt. So who runs the world? Oh yeah, girls!!
Ellen also established a Truth and Reconciliation Committee in 2006 to investigate corruption and heal ethnic tensions, which eventually led to the Anti-Corruption Commission in 2008.
Due to all of her hard work, she was awarded the 2017 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. This award provided her with $5 million disbursed over 10 years. There are so many woman who are powerful leaders changing the world and breaking gender stereotypes, and Ellen Johnson is definitely one of them!