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Name: Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf                                                       
Born: 29 October 1938 Monrovia, Liberia                                           
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (born October 29, 1938) is the current president of         
Liberia, Africa's first elected female head of state and Liberia's first elected 
female president. The Liberian elections commission announced her victory on     
November 23, 2005, following the 2005 election. She is the second elected black   
woman head of state in the world and also second female leader of Liberia after   
Ruth Perry (who assumed leadership after an overthrow), and the fourth such head 
of government after Eugenia Charles of Dominica, Sylvie Kinigi of Burundi and     
Agathe Uwilingiyimana of Rwanda. She is often referred to as the "Iron Lady".     
Her grandfather was a German who married a rural market woman. The grandfather   
was forced to leave the country during the war in 1917.                           
Two of Johnson-Sirleaf's grandparents were indigenous Liberians. Her father, the 
son of the Gola Chief Jahmale and Jenneh, one of his many wives, was born in     
Julejuah, Bomi County. As a result of her grandfather's friendship and loyalty   
to President Hilary Richard Wright Johnson and on the advice of the President,   
her father was brought to, his name changed to Johnson and he was given to the   
settler family, McCritty.                                                         
Johnson-Sirleaf graduated from the College of West Africa (Monrovia), a United   
Methodist high school. She received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting at the   
University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin, U.S. in 1964, an economics         
diploma from the University of Colorado in 1970, and a Master of Public           
Administration from Harvard University in 1971. She is a member of Alpha Kappa   
Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, a social action organization and the first         
collegiate sorority founded by and for Black women (1908).                       
On 05 November 2007, President George W. Bush awarded Johnson-Sirleaf the Medal   
of Freedom, the highest civilian award given by the United States.