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There are so many amazing women and girls who are doing great things. So each month, I’m giving props to ladies who are making it happen. This month in honor of President’s Day our queen is Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia.   Read about her determination and history making rise as the first African female president… 

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the 24th President of Liberia and the first elected female Head of State in Africa. In 2010, Newsweek magazine listed her as one of the ten best leaders in the world and Time placed her among the top ten female leaders.


Born Ellen Euphemia Johnson in Monrovia on October 29, 1938, she  grew up in Liberia and attended high school at the College of West Africa in Monrovia, subsequently studying at Madison Business College, the University of Colorado and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government where she obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Administration in 1971.   

In 1965, she joined the then Treasury Department in Liberia and was appointed Minister of Finance in 1979 where she introduced measures to curb the mismanagement of government finances. After the military coup d’état of 1980, Johnson Sirleaf served as President of the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) but fled Liberia and the increasingly suppressive military government that same year. She traveled to Kenya and served as Vice President of CITICORP’s Africa Regional Office in Nairobi, and later moved to Washington, D.C. to assume the position of Senior Loan Officer at the World Bank, and Vice President for Equator Bank. In 1992 she joined the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as Assistant Administrator and Director of its Regional Bureau of Africa with the rank of Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations.

In 2003 when Charles Taylor was exiled to Nigeria and the National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL) was formed, Johnson Sirleaf was selected to serve as Chairperson of the Governance Reform Commission. She resigned this position to successfully contest the 2005 Presidential elections, resulting in her historic inauguration, on January 16, 2006, as President of Liberia.

After decades of fighting for freedom, justice and equality in Liberia, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has spent more than four years rebuilding post-conflict Liberia. She has revived national hope by strengthening the institutions of national security and good governance, leading the revitalization of the national economy and infrastructure and restoring Liberia’s international reputation and credibility. 

She has received numerous prestigious awards among them: the FAO CERES Medal (2008); the Crisis Group Fred Cuny Award for the Prevention of Deadly Crisis (2008) for outstanding leadership in democracy, development and peace building in Africa; and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2007), the highest civilian honor bestowed by an American president. She has also received Honorary Doctorate degrees from fourteen universities in the United States and Africa. President Johnson Sirleaf has written widely on financial, development and human rights issues, and in 2008 she published her critically acclaimed memoir, “This Child Will Be Great”.  She is the proud mother of four sons and grandmother of eleven. 

excerpted from The Executive Mansion

Janisaw Company would like to congratulate our very own Dr. Scyatta Wallace for becoming appointed as Chair of the American Psychological Association Committee on Psychology and AIDS (COPA).    During her one year term as Chair, Dr. Wallace will draw on her expertise to focus on issues related to girls/young women.  
The American Psychological Association is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. With 150,000 members, APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide.    
The mission of the Committee on Psychology and AIDS (COPA) is to educate psychologists and society at large on the various and unique roles psychology can contribute to the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic; to serve as an oversight committee for APA Office on AIDS activities; and provide guidance and direction for APA HIV/AIDS advocacy activities at federal, state and local levels.  Check out an article about her first activity as Chair, a visit to the White House to discuss the new National HIV/AIDS strategy
To learn more about Dr. Wallace and Janisaw Company visit our website at 

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President Obama stated in his State of the Union speech that we need kids to not only look up to those who win the superbowl but also admire those who win the science fair! 

As a African American girl, I loved signing up for science fairs but didn’t see many other girls like me at the competitions.       

There are many cool discoveries out there to be made!  So I highly encourage girls/young women to pursue science careers.  If you’re a high school or college student interested in science, medicine and/or health, consider applying for the below summer institute sponsored by NIH (the world’s leading research institute).  The sites are in many locations across the country. Applications are due March 1st.

Summer Research with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) encourages students from groups under­represented in the sciences to pursue careers in biomedical and behavioral research. Through the program, high school and undergraduate students from underrepresented groups are introduced to the exciting field of substance abuse and addiction research via research placements with some of our most distinguished scientists. Students work with leading investigators for 8-10 weeks during the summer. The experience may include formal courses, participation in meetings, data collection, data analysis, interviewing, laboratory experiments, manu­script preparation, library research, literary reviews, and much more.

This program emphasizes placing applicants who are from groups underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences (including African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians/Alaska Natives, and Asian/Pacific Islanders), although all can apply. Applicants must be currently enrolled in high school or college and in good academic standing.

Applicants must be at least 15 years of age and citizens or permanent residents of the United States (no excep­tions). Applicants under the age of 18 can only be placed at research sites within daily-commuting distance from their home.

High school students will receive stipends for the summer based on the rate agreed upon with each research site, not to exceed $8.00 per hour for a maximum stipend of $3,200 for 10 weeks. Graduating high school seniors will be paid at the high school level.  Undergraduate students will receive stipends for the summer based on the rate agreed upon with each research site, not to exceed $10.00 per hour for a maximum stipend of $4,000 for 10 weeks.

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