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Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

On March 13, 2017, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, bestselling author and New York Times Correspondent Helene Cooper joined the Wilson Center to discuss Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s personal story and the larger narrative of the coming of age of Liberian women.

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Mar. 13, 2017
11:00am – 12:00pm

Location

6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Image removed.When Ellen Johnson Sirleaf won the 2005 Liberian presidential election, she demolished a barrier few thought possible, obliterating centuries of patriarchal rule to become the first female elected head of state in Africa’s history.

Madame President is the inspiring, often heartbreaking story of Sirleaf’s evolution from an ordinary Liberian mother of four boys to international banking executive, from a victim of domestic violence to a political icon, from a post-war president to a Nobel Peace Prize winner.

On March 13, 2017, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, bestselling author and New York Times Correspondent Helene Cooper joined the Wilson Center to discuss Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s personal story and the larger narrative of the coming of age of Liberian women.

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Africa Program

The Africa Program works to address the most critical issues facing Africa and U.S.-Africa relations, build mutually beneficial U.S.–Africa relations, and enhance knowledge and understanding about Africa in the United States. The Program achieves its mission through in-depth research and analyses, including our blog Africa Up Close, public discussion, working groups, and briefings that bring together policymakers, practitioners, and subject matter experts to analyze and offer practical options for tackling key challenges in Africa and in U.S.-Africa relations.    Read more

Global Women's Leadership Initiative

The Global Women’s Leadership Initiative has hosted the Women in Public Service Project at the Wilson Center since June, 2012. The Women in Public Service Project will accelerate global progress towards women’s equal participation in policy and political leadership to create more dynamic and inclusive institutions that leverage the full potential of the world’s population to change the way global solutions are forged.  Read more

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