One Woman's Rise to Power in Africa

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In this Sept. 18, 2006 file photo, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, addresses the audience at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Helene Cooper, New York Times Pentagon correspondent and the author of Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Simon & Schuster, 2017), talks about the rise to power of the Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf — the first female head of state of an African nation.