Tuesday, 14 July 2020

First Woman To Vote in Costa Rica Dies At Age 95

Bernarda Vásquez Méndez, the first woman to cast a vote in Costa Rica, died at the of 95 on Wednesday. Radio Santa Clara, the official voice of the Diocese of Ciudad Quesada, broke the notice on Tuesday on the poor health of Vásquez, who was also a community leader of La Tira, San Carlos, in the province of Alajuela.

070313votodirectoMargarita Vásquez, Bernarda’s niece said her aunt underwent a delicate surgery due to internal bleeding after suffering a fall on Monday. Due to her delicate condition, Bernarda was transferred from the San Carlos hospital to the México in San José, where she died at 4:00 pm Wednesday.

Bernarda Vásquez Méndez cast her vote on Sunday July 30, 1950 to decide if La Tigra would belong to San Carlos or San Ramón, both in the provice of Alajuela.

A year earlier, on June 20, 1949, Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly gave women in the country the right vote.

- paying the bills -

Bernard had strong democratic convictions. On January 14, 2006, days before the election of Oscar Arias for a second term as president, Bernard told La Nacion, “The worst thing a Costa Rican can do is not to voice, because thanks to our political system we have always had peace and tranquility”.

- paying the bills -
- paying the bills -
"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

[BLOG] Costa Rican Electric Company – General Maintenance Procedures

During my fifteen plus years of living in Costa Rica, I...

Heliport, Money and Weapons in Costa Rica

Following reports by residents of Las Asturias de Pococí about flyovers...


CCSS testing center at the border with Nicaragua shot at

(QCOSTARICA) The headquarters of the Phytosanitary service of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS), at the Peñas Blancas border with Nicaragua was attacked...

28th victim of COVID-19 in Costa Rica reported

(QCOSTARICA) A 41-year-old woman, a foreigner in Costa Rica, died this morning victim of COVID-19, confirmed the Ministry of Health. She is casualty number...

Man takes off facemask to spit at passengers

(QCOSTARICA) A bus with 38 people traveling from Peñas Blancas (northern border) to San Jose had to be escorted by the Fuerza Publica (national...

‘Post mortem’ test confirms Costa Rica’s victim 27 of covid-19

(QCOSTARICA) The Ministry of Health announced on Friday night that, as a result of a sample taken in the Judicial morgue, the death number...

“Hammer” time, Costa Rica’s GAM under ‘orange’ alert

(QCOSTARICA) The number of COVD-19 infections in the last few days has been staggering, 1,359 new cases in just three days, resulting in the...

Fuerza y Luz will suspend public attention in branches from Monday

As of Monday, July 13, the Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz (CNFL), light and power utility, branches will remain closed to the...

Let's Keep This Going!

To be updated with all the latest news and information about Costa Rica and Latin America.