Laura Chinchilla Miranda born Carmen Central, San José, Costa Rica March 28, 1959. First woman president of Costa Rica, 2010-14. As president, submitted dispute with Nicaragua to World Court and accepted decision, 2011. Under her leadership, Costa Rica became second nation to ban nuclear weapons, 2011.
“In 1948, we decided to consolidate the best of our civic values, and abolished the army. We chose to solve our disputes through the ballots, not the bullets; we decided to invest in schools and teachers, not garrisons and soldiers. This uninterrupted path turned Costa Rica into the most stable and longest-living democracy in Latin America.” (UN, April 2, 2002; photo Wikipedia)