Jun. 25, 2011 @ 7:36 PM _
A little over a year ago I had the divine opportunity to meet Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia.
Who is Ellen Johnson Sirleaf you ask? She is the first elected female Head of State in Africa. She studied at the University of West africa and married at the age of 17. in 1961 she moved to the USA and attended the University of Wisconsin- Madison before continuing her studies in government at Harvard University.
By 1985 she was running for vice president back in Liberia. This attempt was cut short, however, when she was placed under house arrest and thrown in jail for 10 years due to sedition. In 2003, after running for president after the second civil war of Liberia, she won and was inaugurated.
She signed the first of its kind freedom of information bill for west Africa, made a reduction of national debt, wrote off foreign commercial debt, established the truth and Reconciliation commission, forged close relations with the United States, strengthened relations with The People’s Republic of China, constructed a broadcasting system, built a new university campus and much, much more. She also is a member of Council of Woman World Leaders (wouldn’t that be an incredible group to be a part of?) and was named one of the most powerful women in the world.
I suggest everyone learn more about this incredible and interesting woman. The one thing that I remember most about her is both her power and grace. She is impeccable.
“If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.”