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Costa Rica Women

The world rightfully knows Costa Rica women as beautiful, fun, and polite. This article will explore them in more detail.

Nowadays, Costa Rican women have a mix of modern roles and traditional ones. Like much of the world, Costa Rica culture traditionally treated women as the weaker gender and left them with limited privileges. They call that machismo. However, nowadays the role of Costa Rica women has developed into a less rigid and more human role. They now get treated like individuals rather than just fulfilling a stereotypical gender role.

Most of all, the insertion of Costa Rica women into the workforce helped bring about their modernization. In the later part of the Nineteenth Century, Costa Rica women received their first step towards economic independence, when the liberal government promoted their education, seeing it as essential to the improvement of the country. The government pushed women to study and pursue nursing, education, and secretarial careers. In the first decades of the Twentieth Century, women started gaining more political power to express themselves, marked by the formation of various women-led associations of female workers and activists. Finally, in 1948, Costa Rica women received the right to vote.

By now, Costa Rica has already had multiple women vice presidents in addition to female presidential candidates, namely Margarita Penon. Those facts contrast with countries like the United States, where women have not ever held such positions of high political power. In addition to political gains, Costa Rica women receive great educations, especially in comparison to other countries' female populations. In fact, Costa Rica boasts a literacy rate of over 95%, due to educational policies that guarantee free and obligatory education. Costa Rica women have a slightly higher literacy rate than the men. Both genders can get higher level schooling, since Costa Rica has both public and private universities. As a result of the high education standards in Costa Rica, women can become professionals in any career.

Due to growing influence from other countries and cultures, Costa Rica women have changed culturally as well. This has altered many values, namely those dealing with marriage, sex, and family. Nonetheless, many women still have a noteworthy attachment to traditional roles and values. For instance, most women now have pre-marital sex, but they prefer to do it secretly or discreetly out of fear of being called a "prostitute." Family also remains important in Costa Rica, since most women and men choose to remain in their parent's house until marriage.

Professional Costa Rican women have the same dilemmas as women from the first-world. While still having the responsibilities of motherhood and wifehood, the women also take on the responsibilities that derive from employment. To make matters worse, some of the working women in Costa Rica have not delegated the household chores to their husbands, which makes their workload extra harsh. Upper and middle class families commonly have live-in maids, but younger couples cannot afford it, and then the women often take on the chores.

The rising cost of living has lead to women's further insertion into the workforce, which in turn continues to transform their roles and responsibilities at an even faster rate. The rapid changes make it so men and women cannot adapt completely, which can lead to confusion and social ambiguity. For now, Costa Rica women continue to juggle the roles of lover, mother, and working professional.

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