Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi told Egyptian "women's Lib" leaders on Thursday (July 5) that a woman's place was in the home and she was not equal to man.
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Background: Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi told Egyptian "women's Lib" leaders on Thursday (July 5) that a woman's place was in the home and she was not equal to man.
Accompanied by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and both leaders' wives, Colonel Gaddafi was addressing a crucial meeting called in Cairo to determine women's status under the proposed merger between Libya and Egypt.
There were angry retorts from leading Egyptian feminists in the conference auditorium as Colonel Gaddafi declared that "certain biological defects" handicapped a woman for a professional career.
He said that the idea of equality between men and women was an imitation of Western ways which could lead to the dissolution of the family as it did in Western societies.
SYNOPSIS: A meeting of vital importance to the future of Egyptian and Libyan women was held in Cairo on Thursday... attended by visiting Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi and Egypt's President Sadat. With a possible merger between Egypt and Libya in the air, women of both countries are anxious to know their status under the new union.
Mrs. Gaddafi and Mrs. Sadat also attended the meeting, which was organised by the Cairo Women's Socialist Union. Colonel Gaddafi provoked an angry re-action from feminists in the auditorium when he said a woman's place was in the home....and that she had "biological defects" which handicapped her professionally.
The assembled ladies also heard the Libyan leader say that the idea of equality between men and women was an imitation of Western ways...and could lead to dissolution of the marriage as frequently occurred in the West.