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Jehan Sadat, an Egyptian First Lady Like No Other

She not only gave her husband, Anwar Sadat, her blessing for his breakthrough 1977 visit to Israel, but helped him overcome last-minute qualms

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Jehan Sadat had firm opinions about everything. She was called a serial disrupter. She said that men who fathered a lot of children should be sterilized and that women should wait until they are 20 before marrying. She herself married the man who would later become president of Egypt when he was 30 and she was 15.

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