Chinchilla Runs; Black Women Face Cancer Disparity

(WOMENSENEWS)–Cheers Former Costa Rican Vice President Laura Chinchilla announced her candidacy for the presidency in 2010 elections, Inter Press Services reported Oct. 22. If elected she will be the first female head of state in Costa Rica.President Oscar Arias has said that he prefers to hand over the presidency to a woman. Chinchilla resigned as his vice president in order to be eligible as a candidate for the National Liberation Party under Costa Rica’s electoral laws. A 1996 law requires parties to field at least 40 percent female candidates for parliamentary election, and 38 percent of parliamentary seats are currently held by women.More News to Cheer This Week:The British government has proposed increasing women’s access to full state pensions, including those who care for children or relatives, Reuters reported Oct.