What Does Trump's Presidency Mean for Liberia?

What Does Trump's Presidency Mean for Liberia?

It was a bitter and painful night for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, as it was for most American Democrats, especially women, even women around the world. Most of them wept bitterly as they, like Ellen, throughout last Tuesday night and into the wee hours of Wednesday morning, watched state after state cast their votes for Republican Donald Trump to become the next President of the United States.

Ellen's favorite candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was losing her fight to become the USA's first woman President.

The Liberian leader's grief spelled a remarkable display of loyalty to a friend she had come to admire, respect and honor over more than three decades. They were together in Beijing for the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995. The Conference was designed to empower women throughout the world and end their marginalization and subjugation by their male counterparts and by society. Both Hillary, then U.S. First Lady, and Ellen, then Director General of the United Nations Development Program, were already dreaming of higher office.