Saturday, November 12, 2005
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf becomes first woman elected head of state in modern African history
President Elect of Liberia
from In First for Africa, Woman Wins Election as President of Liberia
"DAKAR, Senegal, Nov. 11 - Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, a Harvard-educated economist and former World Bank official who waged a fierce presidential campaign against the soccer star George Weah, emerged victorious on Friday in her quest to lead war-torn Liberia and become the first woman elected head of state in modern African history."
"Ms. Johnson-Sirleaf's victory propels her into an old boys' club unlike any other. From the Cape to Cairo, from Dar es Salaam to Dakar, men have dominated African politics from the earliest days of the anticolonial struggle."
Liberia's Johnson-Sirleaf calls on soccer-star opponent to concede defeat
Who is Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf?