The tables have been turned and the narratives have been changed. It’s possible that Courtney Martin could have casually made the statement below but I guess they are no longer mere words.

 

 

We are a generation of young women who were told we could do anything and instead heard that we had to be everything. ― Courtney E. Martin

 

 

Epsy Campbell Barr was born in San José in 1963. She attended primary school in Las Gravilias and Ricardo Jiménez Oreamuno School where she graduated in 1975, and completed her secondary education at Liceo Franco Costarricense and Colegio Superior de Señoritas.

Proceeding to the  University of Costa Rica and later moving  to the regional campus of Limón Province, she studied and worked simultaneously. She lived on the Caribbean for ten years, then returned to San Jose, where she graduated as an economist from the Latin University of Costa Rica in 1998. She has an MA in Development Cooperation from the Foundation for Cultural and Social Sciences of Spain in 2008. She is a researcher and activist for the rights of women and people of African descent, and entered politics because she wanted to become a social activist.

It is important to note that she ran for Presidency in 2010 and 2014.

Campbell  is one of the founders of the Part ido Accion Cuidadana (PAC), and she joins the ranks of Thelma Curling, the first Afro-Costa Rican legislator (1982-1986), Victoria Garron, the first vice-president (1986-1990) and Laura Chinchilla (2010-2014) the first president, with her landmark achievement.

 

 

Photocredit: AMprensa.com

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