Elected in 2005 thanks in no small part to the support of war-weary Liberian women, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the first female head of state in Africa and has led her country through periods of both progress and crisis. A Nobel Peace Prize winner, she has repeatedly been recognized for her leadership in gender equality and the response to the West African Ebola epidemic.
In her new book Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Helene Cooper tells the story of Liberia’s president, a trailblazer who survived domestic abuse, war and imprisonment to win a presidential election on the surprise strength of the women’s vote. Cooper uses Sirleaf’s biography to tell the country’s history and highlight the universal lessons for women around the world. Cooper will join The Atlantic’s Washington Editor at Large Steve Clemons to discuss the work of President Sirleaf and her successful mobilization of a coalition built on the grassroots foundation of female voters.
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6:00 pm ET Guest Arrival and Reception
6:30 pm ET Conversation with Helene Cooper
7:30 pm ET Book Signing
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