The woman who would become the first elected female head of state in Africa was born in the Liberian capital of Monrovia. She was educated in the United States and lived there briefly while in exile after Samuel Doe seized power in 1980. In 2005, Sirleaf was elected president and re-elected to the position in 2011. Throughout her tenure, she worked tirelessly to promote peace, security, unity and reconciliation after twenty years of civil conflict. In 2011, she was a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for her work in promoting the rights of women. In 2013 the Indian government recognised Sirleaf’s outstanding contributions to peace by awarding her the Indira Gandhi prize.