All Wrapped Up with Nowhere to Go

It's more than dilettantism when the Tonight Show host's wife takes on a cause

I'm an avid reader of PEOPLE, but until a few weeks ago, I didn't know what Mavis Leno looked like. The wife of Jay Leno is an aggressive homebody, and for all the outside world knew of her, she might as well have been wrapped in a burka, the full-body shroud Afghan women are forced to wear. But she's emerged to give voice to those very women. "Silence," she says, "is killing" the women of Afghanistan, where the Taliban, an extreme faction of mujahedin, largely composed of Lord of the Flies-like boy soldiers, swept to power in 1996. Women, who made...

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