November 23 2005 – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Becomes the First Woman Elected to Lead an African Nation

November 23 2005 – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Becomes the First Woman Elected to Lead an African NationRate this post Politics has almost always been exclusively left to men, nowhere more so than in Africa. In the midst of tremendous turmoil, stable governments haven’t often been the rule on the continent, but it nonetheless saw a monumental achievement on November 23, 2005: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became the first woman elected chief executive of an African country, the war-torn Liberia. Born in Monrovia, the nation’s capital, Sirleaf first made the move into public service in the early 1970s. Returning to her homeland from an education abroad in economics and government, including a […]