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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf biography and accomplishments
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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf biography and accomplishments


> Who is she?
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is a Liberian politician and economist. After studying in the United States, including at Harvard, she became Assistant Minister of Finance followed by Minister of Finance on her return to Liberia.

Her now dead ex-husband used to unleash violent outbursts as he struggled to accept his wife's career...

> Accomplishments
In 2005, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became the first woman to be elected president of an African state, following elections organised by the UN.

In mid-October 2011, during new elections in Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf also came out ahead during the first round.

> Also
On the 7th October 2011, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf received the Nobel Peace Prize, which she shares with two other women, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman, for their pacifist commitment in favour of male-female equality.

> Ellen Johnson Sirleaf wins the Nobel Peace Prize

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