The Sexes: Ms. v. Macho in Mexico

Standing stiffly on the flag-draped dais in Mexico City's Olympic Gymnasium was a small platoon of male bigwigs, including United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim, Mexican President Luis Echeverria and various other officials. Down on the floor, masses of women draped in saris, ao-dais and other colorful garb listened more or less attentively as the men spoke. That strange beginning for a conference on women marked a meeting that is supposed to be the biggest of its kind in history—the centerpiece of the U.N.'s much-ballyhooed, much-disputed International Women's Year.

At a press conference earlier,...

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