A community-based art project that seeks to connect communities through pulling up a chair and sharing stories of positivity about Strong Women of Toledo.

Artwork by Ashley Vetter

Story from Claribel Timmins

We always hear about the glass ceiling. Felicitas had higher aspirations for her life story, told by her Toledoan granddaughter Claribel Timmins, and definitely broke the glass ceiling by being the first woman in Costa Rica to apply to college in March of 1912. She acquired her degree in pharmacy in December of 1917 with brilliant grades and overcoming the adversity of men and women who thought she should only stay home and care for her children. I wanted to embody her professional achievement while representing her country. I was inspired by ox cart wheels that are abundant in the Costa Rican art culture. The wheels are vibrant and symmetrical and made me think of stained glass. A relationship formed between the beauty of Felicitas’ country and her life pushing the boundaries of women at the turn of the century.

- Ashley Vetter, Artist

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