ARGENTINA: The President's Wife

Argentines, among the most socially conservative of all Latins, had never seen anything like it. For them, a lady's place —and that went for a first lady—was in the home. Now Eva Duarte de Perón, handsome ex-screen star wife of President Juan Perón, was changing all that.

Since the inauguration two months ago Eva de Perón had set a pace for which only Eleanor Roosevelt had set modern precedent. At her office on the fourth floor of the Central Post Office Building she received trade union delegations before her neighbors along the swank...