Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, president of Liberia

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Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, president of Liberia, is the first woman to ever be elected as a head of state to an African nation. In her autobiography, This Child Will Be Great, and during an  appearance on the Tavis Smiley Show, she speaks out about her experience surviving domestic violence.

…By telling my story, I tell people that it could happen to any of us, any time. Let’s be conscious of that and don’t think that that one person is the exception. So I wanted to tell it all, I wanted the Liberian people, the young women, to know, and hopefully this brings about some consciousness, even on the part of men, that there is a different way.

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