Film, Discussion to Mark International Women's Day

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner and the first democratically elected female president in Africa.

Her story, which highlights women's rights, human rights and global politics, is the focus of a free Harper College film and discussion marking International Women's Day.

The College will screen the new documentary "The Iron Ladies of Liberia," a film about Sirleaf, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8 in Room E106, Building E on the main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Algonquin. A discussion of the film and its issues, which also include labor and consumption debates, will follow.

Sirleaf served as Minister of Finance in Liberia before being elected in 2005. The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, which came the same year she was re-elected, recognized her struggle for the safety of women and women's rights.

The Harper event is sponsored by the College's International Committee and the Sociology Department. It is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

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