At the frontlines, Liberian women adopt new strategies in Ebola response

Cross-posted from UN Women Through radio programmes, psychosocial support and training women’s networks, UN Women is supporting efforts to address the gender dimension of the Ebola crisis in Liberia. ...more

“My business is expanding my world”

On the even of the International Day of Rural Women, World Food Day and International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, we highlight a comprehensive programme to promote women’s literacy, business skills, entrepreneurship and savings, is transforming the lives of over 20,000 rural women in Liberia. ...more

I Hate "Positive" Female Stereotypes

I love Ellen Sirleaf Johnson, I really do. As the first female president of Liberia, she has done amazing and wonderful things to heal her country from the violent civil war that destroyed so many lives in the most brutal, animalistic ways possible. ...more

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: "The capitol city had been dark for 14 years"

One of the nominees most frequently mentioned for Carol Muske-Dukes' Nine Women to Run the World, featured here last week, was Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the 71-year-old president of Liberia....more

The First Elected Female President?

In the United States, we are still awaiting the day when we can celebrate the election of a woman to the presidency, but for the country of Liberia, the wait is over. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a 67 year-old, Harvard educated economist, is the first female to be elected president in the history of Liberia.  For her, and much of the rest of Liberia's female population, the change to female leadership was long overdue. ...more

Honoring the Work of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, First Female President of Liberia, and Future Women Leaders Everywhere

While Americans debate whether the United States is really ready for a female president (examples: Michelle Malkin believes that, "This country would certainly have no problem being led by a woman…;" Jess notes, "I hate myself for saying it, but I'm saying it anyway: America is not ready for a woman president."), Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been leading, healing, and rebuilding Liberia as its president since 2005. I'm a little disturbed that the idea to write about Ms. Johnson Sirleaf came from an ExxonMobil ad honoring her and other women in the op-ed pages of my newspaper, but there is it. (It's nice to think that about 1 or 2 cents of every $3.50 gallon of gas purchased is going to raise awareness that "women can.") ...more

I didn't event think of it that way. I was more worried that it would seem like I was comparing ...more

Letting Them Know it's Christmas in Liberia

This is a story about an extraordinary young woman -- really, three extraordinary young women -- who will make you believe in angels all over again. At its center is MacDella Cooper, who literally walked out of the Liberian civil war at the age of 13 to triumph in the fashion world and create an eponymous foundation that brings the treasures of home and love to so many of the children she left behind. At her side are Tammy Tibbetts and Genevieve Faust, who are transforming a one-time class project into an enduring spotlight on Cooper's work and the critical needs of Liberia's children. This Christmas, the trio will be in Liberia, and by way of their blogs and websites, they've invited you to come along. ...more

Inspiring is definitely the word for them, isn't it? I really hope that their work attracts the ...more