Epsy Campbell Barr has just been elected as vice president of Costa Rica, making her the country’s first Afo-Latina VP, reports Jezebel. She is also the first Black woman to hold this position in the Americas.
She won the election by a landslide alongside President-elect Carlos Alvarado Quesada. They are both members of the Citizen’s Action Party and ran their campaign with the goal of creating unity, infrastructure and reducing inequality.
Before the election, Campbell Barr told a local news outlet that it will be her “responsibility not only to represent people of African descent, but to represent all women and men in the country, a country that gives us all the same opportunities.”