'Look Across Africa and See the Major Changes that are Happening'

When Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became Africa's first elected woman President in 2006, she inherited a country shattered by nearly two decades of civil war. Harvard educated, a former banker and World Bank official, and an opposition leader who was jailed in the 1990s, Johnson Sirleaf had natural allies in the West and at home won widespread support for her promise of egalitarian development. But the test for Liberia's "Iron Lady" was always going to be in the doing. She spoke to Africa bureau chief Alex Perry at Liberia's Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.

What's the outlook for Liberia?...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!