26 Women Law. J. 18 (1939-1940)
Angela Acuna de Chacon - Lawyer of Costa Rica

handle is hein.journals/wolj26 and id is 20 raw text is: Angela Acuna de Chac6n
Lawyer of Costa Rica
(From a translation of an appreciation by Adelia di Carlo in
Caras y Caretas de Buenos Aires)

BREAKING the ancestral prejudices that rose
like an impassable barrier, Sefiorita Angela
Acuna, the young member of a distinguish-
ed Costa Rican family, upon her return
from Europe where she received the greater
part of her education, dedicated herself with
courage and enthusiasm to the cause of wo-
men. She entered the Boys Liceo of the City
of San Jose. She was the first woman who
dared to do it, thus opening to the women
of her country a new road to culture and
Her country was then the storehouse of
old ideas and moral fortitude was needed
to overcome the resistance of society.
That fortitude Miss Acuna showed. She
took her Bachelor's Degree in the Humani-
ties, which was a real event in the cultural
life of Costa Rica. But that title could not
satisfy the aspirations of the brave young
woman. She won with honors the title of
lawyer in 1925.
Miss Acuna then returned to Europe. She
spent three years more in the Old Continent,
observing and studying. Upon her return to
Costa Rica she married the Professor of
Laws, don Lucas Raul Chac6n. She has a
little daughter whom she adores and who
is the greatest delight of her life.
Sra. Acuna de Chac6n founded and di-
rected a literary magazine entitled Figaro.
Some of the best writers in Central America
collaborated with her. In the pages of this
magazine she showed superior ability.
In work for women Sra. de Chac6n has
the first place in Costa Rica. She has strug-
gled persistently for the civil and political
emancipation of women, which little by little
has been acquiring enthusiastic supporters.
To her is due the first feminist law of the

Lawyer of Costa Riea
Numerous juridicial and literary articles
by Sra. de Chac6n have been published in
many countries and she has sent contribu-
tions to various Feminist Latin American
Sra. de Chac6n occupied for many years
a high position in the Department of Educa-
tion. She boldly fought against passage by
the Chamber of Deputies of a resolution
raising the salaries of men teachers but not
including those of women teachers. Her ar-
guments of justice prevailed and she won a
new triumph.
She worked most effectively in the organ-
ization of the First Central American Wo-
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