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.”
Source: Salon Online