Note – On Friday THE NOBEL PRIZE COMMISSION ANNOUNCED THAT ONE OF THIS YEAR’S WINNERS FOR THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE IS PRESIDENT ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF OF LIBERIA. I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR PRESIDENT JOHNSON SIRLEAF SPEAK IN 2008 IN MINNEAPOLIS. WHAT FOLLOWS IS THE THIRD OF THE POSTS THAT I WROTE IN RESPONSE TO HER VISIT
I am only recently growing in my awareness of gender and leadership. I think that I pretended that it was not a problem until I no longer could. Until I started to feel the call to be a leader and a preacher and an organizer myself I was able to excuse away sexist attitudes. I can’t do that anymore.
I just want to say this:
IT IS REALLY REALLY REALLY COOL that the transformational leadership of Liberia, is coming not from the series of male presidents, but from a GRANDMOTHER!!!!
I am inspired and challenged and empowered. WOW!!!!! WOW!!!!!!! WOW!!!!!