- On this day, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was inaugurated the first female head of state in Africa
- She was elected the president of Liberia in 2006
- She went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for her peacekeeping efforts
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On this day in 2006, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf officially became the first elected woman as a head of state in Africa. Her historic inauguration as president of Liberia saw her become the country's 24th state leader. Her incredible achievement showed off her decades of fighting for freedom, justice and equality in Liberia.
Ellen Eugenia Johnson was born in Monrovia. She completed her studies in the United States, where she studied at Madison Business College and Harvard University. After returning to Liberia, she served as deputy minister of finance from 1971 to 1974. In 1979, she received a cabinet appointment as minister of finance, serving until 1980.
After Samuel Doe seized power that year in a coup d'état and executed Tolbert, Sirleaf fled to the United States. She returned to Liberia in 1985.
She continued to serve in politics and was runner-up in the 1997 presidential election, which was won by Charles Taylor.
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She won the 2005 presidential election and took office on 16 January, 2006. She was re-elected in 2011. She was the first woman in Africa elected as president of her country and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011, in recognition of her efforts to bring women into the peacekeeping process.
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