In 2005, the women of Liberia elected Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as the first female president of an African nation, and we can learn a lot by examining how they did it. In a recent article for the New York Times, Helene Cooper, a reporter who grew up in Liberia before immigrating to the United States in 1980, tells the story of how Liberian women got Sirleaf elected, highlighting valuable lessons for American women.
I have always been envious of citizens of countries in Europe and South America that have legislated generous family-friendly policies intended to make it possible for more women to work and have careers. In a recent New York Times article Claire Cain Miller gives examples of some of the laws that have been passed around the world to address family and career balance:
- Chile passed a law, the most recent version in 2009, requiring employers to provide and pay for child care for women with children under two.