MEXICO: Promise Kept

MEXICO Promise Kept

Just before his Dec. 1 inauguration, President Adolfo Ruiz Cortines had a visit in his office from a resolute feminist named Amalia de Castillo Ledon. The conversation was brief and businesslike:

"Señor Ruiz Cortines, will you carry out your promise soon?"

"Yes," answered Don Adolfo.

"Could it be immediately?"

"Yes," answered Don Adolfo.

Last week President Ruiz Cortines made good on his promise. As his first notable legislative gesture after naming the new cabinet, he sent to Congress a constitutional amendment designed to give Mexican women full citizenship rights, including the vote. Smiling down from the congressional gallery, as the proposal was read,...

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