Biographies of Women Leaders

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
 Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the 24th President of the Republic of Liberia and the first elected female Head of State in Africa. She is serving her second term as President after winning the 2011 presidential election.
President Sirleaf has, throughout her career, demonstrated passionate commitment to hard work, integrity and good governance, advocating for the rights of women and the importance of education to provide a better future for her country and its people. She has revived national hope by strengthening the institutions of national security and good governance, leading the revitalization of the national economy and infrastructure, and restoring Liberia’s international reputation and credibility.
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 Dr-Mamphela-Ramphele_aDr Mamphela Ramphele Mamphela Ramphele is a woman whose life story presents a case study of success against harrowing odds. Ramphele rose from poverty and the brutal affects of South Africa’s apartheid regime in order to succeed in multiple careers. By her mid 50s, Ramphele had already been a successful doctor,activist, anthropologist, university administrator, and executive. Ramphele’s remarkable and numerous
careers all converge around the theme of activism for the disenfranchised.Whether she was a doctor, aBlack Consciousness activist, an anthropologist, or a university administrator, Ramphele spent her life devoted to the underdogs of South Africa- the poor, blacks, and women. While she has risen from her humble upbringing to positions of real power in South Africa and around the world, she has never forgotten her origins. She has spent her life giving back to the people of South Africa.

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Prof. Wangari Muta Maathai
Wangari Muta Maathai (born April 1,1940)- died September 25, 2011),was a Kenyan environmental activist and member of the Kenyan parliament , was appointed Assistant Minister for Environment , Natural Ressources and Wildlife in Kenya in 2003. In 2004, she became the first African woman to win the “Nobel Peace Prize”, for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace; for years of work with women to reverse African deforestation.
Maathai was also a human rights activist who led a group of mothers and other women to strip naked in a bid for force the KANU government to release political prisoners at what is now known as freedom corner at Uhuru Park.
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