A Letter From the Publisher: Jun. 6, 1988

Among TIME's 31 million readers worldwide is an influential, highly educated professional woman who would be a valuable addition to any magazine's demographic profile: Raisa Maximovna Gorbachev, the focus of this week's cover stories on Soviet women. During the Washington summit last December, Mrs. Gorbachev spotted TIME Correspondent Nancy Traver, who spent 3 1/2 years as a journalist in Moscow and who speaks Russian, at a meeting in the Soviet embassy that was closed to the press. Mrs. Gorbachev took her hand, pulled her alongside and said there was nothing wrong with having an American reporter in - the room. "The...

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