First female elected president in Africa Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Politician and economist, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the first female elected president in Africa. Madame President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf After two years of rule by a transitional government, democratic elections in late 2005 brought President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to power. She subsequently won reelection in 2011 and remains challenged to rebuild Liberia's economy, particularly following the 2014-15 Ebola epidemic, and to reconcile a nation still recovering from 14 years of fighting. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf stated “If asked to describe my homeland in a sentence, I might say something like this: Liberia is a wonderful, beautiful, mixed-up country struggling mightily to find itself.” Liberia Madame President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf 10 Fast Facts Born October 29, 1938 in Monrovia, Liberia Studied economics at Harvard University and other institutions. Johnson Sirleaf began her political career in the 1970s as her nation's first female minister of finance.