April 7, 2007
Liberia's fist woman president and Africa's first elected female head of state, addressed a National Press Club luncheon audience spoke on Friday, February 16, 2007. Born in Liberia in 1938, Johnson-Sirleaf traces her ancestry to former slaves from the United States. Her education eventually brought her full circle, as she completed her studies at the University of Colorado and Harvard, where she earned a master's degree in public administration. Her first run for the presidency put her in personal peril, and she was even charged with treason. She eventually triumphed, however, and was elected president in November 2005.