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.
Watch the full interview
6:00 pm ET Guest Arrival and Reception
6:30 pm ET Conversation with Helene Cooper
7:30 pm ET Book Signing
600 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20037
Also in This Series
Featuring Graham Allison
and Jeffrey Goldberg
Graham Allison, Director of Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and author of Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?, joined The Atlantic’s Editor in Chief Jeffrey Goldberg to explore the US-China relationship and see how war in East Asia can be avoided.
Beyond Brexit and Trump: The Future of Global Nationalism
The Atlantic's editors will explore the changing landscape of global politics and the effect that Washington, DC has on the rest of the world.
featuring Brett McGurk, Graeme Wood and Jeffrey Goldberg
Atlantic Editor in Chief Jeffrey Goldberg discussed the global fight against ISIS with The Atlantic’s Graeme Wood and the Obama Administration’s Brett McGurk.
Our Towns: An Atlantic Exchange with James and Deborah Fallows
In this Atlantic Exchange, we’ll sit down with James and Deborah Fallows to discuss their new book, Our Towns.