In 1954, after twelve years of marriage to one wife, Indonesia's revered President Soekarno decided to take unto himself a second. Indonesia's Moslem clubwomen, surprisingly as jealous of female prerogative as those in any U.S. midwestern town, were icy with disapproval, but there was little they could do about it. Blessed by Islamic law and local custom, the nation's second First Lady, a divorcee of 32, was duly ensconced in the presidential palace at Bogor. Cleaving loyally to the first First Lady, 31-year-old Fatmawati, all that the indignant clubwomen could do was to snub the interloper (TIME, Oct. 24)...

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