It’s a good day on the international political front for women. Today in Monrovia, Liberia, Africa’s first female head of state was sworn in. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, a Harvard-educated, 67-year-old grandmother, faces an uphill battle to rebuild her war-torn country where running water and electricity are the exception to the rule.
And in Chile, Michelle Bachelet has won that country’s presidential election. Bachelet, a former pediatrician and defense minister, endured torture and exile. “To have a woman president show that we are a freer, more just, more diverse, more prosperous and more modern Chile,” said the outgoing president.
We’ll watch closely as these two women lead their countries into the future.