WATCH: If you want a woman president, take a page from Liberia

Helene Cooper discusses Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first democratically elected female head of state VIDEO

Author Helene Cooper said Liberia elected a female president before the United States in part because Liberian women were unified in 2005 by an existential crisis, fed up with men who had led their country into a ravaging civil war.

Cooper is a Pulitzer-Prize winning Pentagon correspondent for the New York Times, and the author of “Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.”

Sirleaf is the first democratically-elected president of an African country. Cooper shared her perspective in a recent Salon Talks as a Liberian-born journalist. She said Liberia crossed the gender milestone before the United States because “It’s like the [Liberian] women looked over the edge of a cliff into an abyss.”

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Source: Salon Online

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.