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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: Why she kicks ass
She is the 24th and current President of Liberia, the first elected female head of state in Africa and was co-awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, recognized “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.” 
She was one of the founders and the political leader of National Patriotic Front of Liberia, placed second in the 1997 presidential election, won the 2005 presidential election and took office on 16 January 2006, and won re-election in 2011. 
President Sirleaf issued an Executive Order, in 2007, making education free and compulsory for all elementary school aged children.
In October 2010, Sirleaf signed into law a Freedom of Information bill, the first legislation of its kind in West Africa. In recognition of this, she became the first sitting head of state to receive the Friend of the Media in Africa Award from The African Editor’s Union.
In 2006, Sirleaf established a Truth and Reconciliation Commission with a mandate to “promote national peace, security, unity and reconciliation” by investigating more than 20 years of civil conflict in the country.
Sirleaf is a member of the Council of Women World Leaders, an international network of current and former women presidents and prime ministers whose mission is to mobilize the highest-level women leaders globally for collective action on issues of critical importance to women and equitable development.
Forbes magazine named Sirleaf as the 51st most powerful woman in the world in 2006. In 2010, Newsweek listed her as one of the ten best leaders in the world, while Time counted her among the top ten female leaders. That same year, The Economist called her “arguably the best president the country has ever had.”

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: Why she kicks ass

  • She is the 24th and current President of Liberia, the first elected female head of state in Africa and was co-awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, recognized “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.” 
  • She was one of the founders and the political leader of National Patriotic Front of Liberia, placed second in the 1997 presidential election, won the 2005 presidential election and took office on 16 January 2006, and won re-election in 2011. 
  • President Sirleaf issued an Executive Order, in 2007, making education free and compulsory for all elementary school aged children.
  • In October 2010, Sirleaf signed into law a Freedom of Information bill, the first legislation of its kind in West Africa. In recognition of this, she became the first sitting head of state to receive the Friend of the Media in Africa Award from The African Editor’s Union.
  • In 2006, Sirleaf established a Truth and Reconciliation Commission with a mandate to “promote national peace, security, unity and reconciliation” by investigating more than 20 years of civil conflict in the country.
  • Sirleaf is a member of the Council of Women World Leaders, an international network of current and former women presidents and prime ministers whose mission is to mobilize the highest-level women leaders globally for collective action on issues of critical importance to women and equitable development.
  • Forbes magazine named Sirleaf as the 51st most powerful woman in the world in 2006. In 2010, Newsweek listed her as one of the ten best leaders in the world, while Time counted her among the top ten female leaders. That same year, The Economist called her “arguably the best president the country has ever had.”
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