Politics, Business & Culture in the Americas

AQ’s Top 5 Champions of Gender Equality

AQ highlights five distinguished individuals who have used their careers to help close the gender gap.
Epsy Campbell Barr, Miguel Fontes, Mabel Bianco, Yalitza Aparicio, Susana García-Robles.
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This article is adapted from AQ’s special report on closing the gender gap | Leer en español

As Latin America charts a course to recovery after COVID-19, reaching gender equality will be a necessary step for a healthier, more prosperous and safer region.

AQ’s latest Top 5 highlights exceptional people who have made championing gender equality an essential part of their lives, helping lift many others in their wake.

Costa Rica’s Vice President Epsy Campbell Barr shows that fighting racism goes hand-in-hand with gender equality. In Argentina, women’s health and reproductive rights have for decades been able to count on the activism and voice of doctor Mabel Bianco.

Oscar-nominated actress Yalitza Aparicio has turned her fame and influence into a tool to help underrepresented women, while Brazil’s Miguel Fontes wants to protect men from the unhealthy effects of machismo.

And when it comes to the seemingly intractable issue of funding female entrepreneurs, Susana García-Robles has developed multiple networks that invite investors to break the cycle.

One step at a time, these champions of gender equality are helping Latin America move closer to a more equal society.

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