Hon. Judge Dr. María Luisa Lucas

She is a founding member of the Association of Women Judges of Argentina, seven times President of the Superior Court of her Province, Chaco, Argentina, of which she was a member since 1983. She ventured into areas that at the time were exclusive to men; She was a lawyer, notary public, mediator, educator, defender of native peoples, and feminist of the first hour. María Luisa never accepted the idea that the role of women was secondary or subordinate to that of men, or that the female gender was the weakest or inferior to the male and that her role was one of subordination or passivity. On the occasion of her 90th birthday, she presented the "authorized biography" of the author Rubén Miguel Perina (former member of the Organization of American States), and she was also distinguished as an "illustrious citizen." Since its founding in 2007, she was a member of the National Commission for Access to Justice, chaired by the vice president of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation, Elena Highton de Nolasco, along with judges from all over the country. She always worked together with AMJA to incorporate the gender perspective in the justice services of her jurisdiction. In 2016 AMJA distinguished her for her career and leadership. María Luisa was a true pioneer.