Day 9, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: MAKERS Celebrates 20 Women of the 1995 UN Conference on Women

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1995 UN Conference on Women in Beijing, we're featuring 20 incredible women on MAKERS who participated in the largest ever international gathering of women.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the current President of Liberia, is the first woman to be democratically elected as a head of state in Africa. Throughout her long political career, Johnson Sirleaf has been a voice for social and economic justice, both within her native Liberia and throughout Africa. For this advocacy, Johnson Sirleaf has, on several occasions, been jailed or forced into exile. In 2011, Johnson Sirleaf, along with Leymah Gbowee of Liberia and Tawakel Karman of Yemen, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Check back here as we unveil more stories from these incredible women, as part of a special countdown culminating in the announcement of a MAKERS surprise.

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