World: The Distaff Delegate

Ever since the Trung sisters spurred Viet Nam toward independence two millennia ago, women have played a major role in the nation's life. They run not only their homes but shops, factories and farms as well. And thanks to the exploits of Mme. Nhu, everyone knows the pinnacles they can reach in politics. Last week, as South Viet Nam's fledgling National Constituent Assembly got down to business, a new femina politica was on the ascendant: Mme. Tran Thi Xa, the lady delegate from Gia Dinh.

Of 19 women to run for Assembly election, the Catholic mother of eight from the Saigon suburbs...

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