Women Nobel Peace Prize Winners
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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (2011)
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf won the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, sharing it with Leymah Gbowee of Liberia and Tawakel Karman of Yemen. The three women were recognized for their efforts in women's rights, peace-building, and for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women. As President of Liberia, Sirleaf was the first female elected head of state in Africa. From 1979 to 1980 she served as Minister of Finance under President William Tolbert. In 1992, Sirleaf was the Assistant Administrator and later Director of the United Nations Development Programme's Regional Bureau for Africa. While at the UN, she was one of seven people designated by the Organization of African Unity to investigate the Rwandan genocide.
Fun Fact: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf went to college in the United States. She studied at the University of Colorado at Boulder and obtained a masters degree from Harvard University.
From Who2 biographies. Photo: U.S. State Department / Public Domain.
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