Iron Ladies of Liberia

This award-winning film takes the viewers to Liberia – the first African country with a female Head of State. Meet President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in her fight for democracy and determination to empower other women.


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Iron Ladies of Liberia

Iron Ladies of Liberia

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After fourteen years of civil war, Liberia is a nation ready for change. On January 16, 2006, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was inaugurated president. She is the first ever elected female Head of State in Africa, winning a hotly contested election with the overwhelming support of women across Liberia. Since taking office she has appointed other extraordinary women to leadership positions in all areas of government, including the police chief and the ministers of justice, commerce and finance. Can the first female Liberian president, backed by other powerful women, bring sustainable democracy and peace to such a devastated country?

Iron Ladies of Liberia gives the viewers an exlusive behind-the-scenes access to Sirleaf’s first year in government, providing a unique insight into a newly elected African cabinet.

This film is a part of the documentary series Why Democracy? – 10 Films from independent award-winning filmmakers in China, India, Japan, Pakistan, Liberia, Egypt, Denmark, Russia, Bolivia and the USA.

The Why Democracy? series:


Dinner with the President

Egypt: We are watching You

For God, Tsar and Fatherland

In Search of Ghandi

Looking for the Revolution

Please Vote for Me

Directors Daniel Junge & Siatta Scott Johnson
Producers Henry Ansbacher & Jonathan Stack
Produced by Steps International in cooperation with DR, SBS, RTBF, Canal Futura, CBC, Knowledge Network, HRT, Czech TV, ETV, YLE, ARTE, MDR, WDR, ZDF, ORF, ERT, MTV Hungary, PSBT, IBA, NHK, LTV, La Red, VPRO, NRK, RTP, TVP, TVR, RTVSLO, SABC, Canal + Spain, SVT, TSR/SSR, PTS, Al Arabiya ,PBS & BBC
Duration 52 &77 min.
Year of Production 2007
Original Title Iron Ladies of Liberia