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Women’s News: Chelsea Clinton Says Politics Not Off The Table — And Neither Are Kids

Women’s News: Chelsea Clinton Says Politics Not Off The Table — And Neither Are Kids

Inspirational Woman Of The Day: Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

Inspirational Woman Of The Day: Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

Women’s Health: Fighting My Mother’s Cancer With Text Messages

Women’s Health: Fighting My Mother’s Cancer With Text Messages

Women’s Health: Fighting My Mother’s Cancer With Text Messages

James Sims

Senior Editor, BroadwayWorld.com

Empathy is a strange emotional trait. I had been successful in my avoidance of any deep empathetic feelings towards another person for nearly 30 years. Sure, there were moments of misty eyes when hearing of a tragic story, but nothing that gutted me to the core. That all changed last year. My mother — a woman that had battled three bouts of cancer, mild heart attacks and a litany of abusive relationships — phoned me from Los Angeles and announced that she had melanoma. Cancer, again? Inconceivable. I feel defeated when I contract a common cold. I’ll mope around for a week, sniffling with agony, barking at our doorman for merely looking at me sideways after schlepping past him in the morning, decked out in mismatched sweats,


Inspirational Woman Of The Day: Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was schooled in the U.S. before serving in the government of her native Liberia. A military coup in 1980 sent her into exile, but she returned in 1985 to speak out against the military regime. She was forced to briefly leave the country again. When she won the 2005 election, Johnson-Sirleaf became the first female elected head of state in Africa. In 2011, she was one of a trio of women to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

President of Liberia. Born October 29, 1938 in Monrovia, Liberia. A graduate of the College of West Africa at Monrovia, Johnson Sirleaf received her Bachelor’s in accounting at Madison Business College in Madison, Wisconsin, a degree in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University.

After returning to Liberia, Johnson Sirleaf served as Assistant Minister of Finance in President William Tolbert’s administration. In 1980, Tolbert was overthrown and killed by army sergeant Samuel Doe, who represented the Krahn ethnic group. Johnson-Sirleaf went into exile in Nairobi, Kenya, and the United States where she worked as an executive in the international banking community.

In 1985, Johnson-Sirleaf returned to Liberia and ran for the Senate, but when she spoke out against Doe’s military regime, she was sentenced to 10 years in prison. She served a partial sentence before moving to Washington D.C. When she returned to her native country for a third time in 1997 it was as an economist, working for the World Bank and Citibank in Africa.

After supporting Charles Taylor’s bloody rebellion against President Samuel Doe in 1990, Johnson-Sirleaf ran unsuccessfully against Taylor in the 1997 presidential election. Taylor subsequently charged Johnson-Sirleaf with treason. In 2005, after campaigning for the removal of President Taylor, Johnson-Sirleaf took over leadership of the Unity Party. That year, promising economic development and an end to corruption and civil war, the “iron lady” was elected President of Liberia. When she was inaugurated in 2006, Johnson Sirleaf became the world’s first elected black female president and Africa’s first elected female head of state.

Despite the large number of Charles Taylor’s followers in Liberian government, including his son-in-law and estranged wife, President Johnson Sirleaf submitted an official request to Nigeria for Taylor’s extradition in 2006.

Johnson Sirleaf has four sons and six grandchildren, some of whom live in Atlanta, Georgia.

Women’s News: Chelsea Clinton Says Politics Not Off The Table — And Neither Are Kids

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As the daughter of Bill and Hillary, Chelsea Clinton is already political royalty. But according to a profile published in theSeptember issue of Vogue, the 32-year-old hasn’t ruled out a political career of her own — or future motherhood.

Vogue‘s Jonathan Van Meter asked Clinton about being born into the limelight (Bill was already governor), her childhood in the White House and her political aspirations. The former First Daughter currently teaches graduate classes at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health and works as an special correspondent at NBC, where she renewed her contract in February. However, when Van Meter brought up the possibility of Chelsea running for public office, she said her thoughts about that have shifted over the last few years, thanks to her mother’s presidential campaign:


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