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Iron Ladies of Liberia

By awoodall
Sunday, February 3rd, 2008 at 9:54 pm in Oakland nightlife.

Don’t let her nickname Mama Ellen fool you. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf — Liberia’s president and Africa’s first freely elected female head of state — is one tough lady.  Not that I’ve met her, but she’d have to be to take up the reigns of the devastated West African country. Oh, and the late ( as in dead-in-a-coup) Liberian ruler Samuel Doe imprisoned her for mouthing off about his misdeeds then the former (as in he’s-in-the-pokey-for-war-crimes) dictator Charles Taylor accused her of treason (mouthing off again).  Get to know the woman behind the country who knows her way around economics Tuesday, Feb. 5, in a documentary + discussion 6:30-9 p.m. at the Oakland museum, 1000 Oak St. www.museumca.org. Free event with free parking in museum garage (entrance on Oak Street).

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