A Salute To Costa Rican Women

March 13, 2017

I like to use my Peepshow posts as a travelling machine. My hope is that through my stories I’m able to transport you, if only for a few seconds, to new lands, languages and traditions. No passports or bug spray required.

For this post, honoring National Women’s History Month, I want to take you through the stories of the Costa Rican women who inspire and make me proud. It is amazing to think that a such a small country of only five million people can have so much talent to offer.

These ladies are blazing some major trails and bringing it home for Costa Rica:

Christiana Figueres was the United Nations Climate Chief, the mastermind and the leading force behind the groundbreaking 2015 Paris Agreement. Her more than 30 years in international diplomacy representing Costa Rica have landed her numerous awards and honors, including earning the 7th spot in Forbes Greatest World Leaders and a place in Time’s 100 Influential Leaders of the World. Last year, Christiana was one of the final nominees for UN General Secretary.

If you’re interested in learning more about the COP 2015 Agreement, take 15 minutes and watch Christiana’s TED talk here.

Laura Chinchilla was the country’s first female President (2010-2014). Her political career has included posts serving as Vice-President and Minister of Justice. She is currently a fellow and teacher at Georgetown University. She is a real trailblazer, because not only was she the first female President, but as such, had to deal with issues like the media focusing in on her looks and wardrobe rather than her policies and achievements — sadly, issues we’re all familiar with. While she was never able to fully brush this off, she started a dialogue about a systemic but under-discussed issue that many Costa Ricans had never thought about.

And last but certainly not least, my mom. My mom is a high-endurance athlete with more than 15 full marathons, 2 half Iron Mans, 3 full Iron Mans and countless other endurance competitions under her belt. She empowers women of all ages and helps them build self-confidence by achieving their goals, whether that is through running, swimming, biking… and does it all with a smile on her face. She is my living example of discipline and commitment.