Ellen Johnson SirleafLast week it was announced that his year's Nobel Prize for Peace was going to three women "for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work." Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the president of Liberia, shared the prize with her sister in disarmament, Leymah Gbowee, and Yemeni journalist Tawakel Karman.
Shall we talk about why this is awesome?
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, 72, has transformed Liberia from a country run by warlords and drug-addled child soldiers to a nation invested in literacy, markets, and the serious prosecution of rape.
Sirleaf's particular brand of awesomeness lies in her disinclination to give up in the face of brutality, even after being arrested, jailed, threatened, and exiled multiple times.
Mrs. Sirleaf, who has four sons, is also quite the smartypants.