On Tuesday (September 29), Mrs Patricia Nixon visited Boys' Town, a community of mainly Italian orphans and abandoned children.
On Tuesday (September 29), Mrs Patricia Nixon visited Boys' Town, a community of mainly Italian orphans and abandoned children. The Boys' Town complex is situated in the countryside outside Rome.
An American priest started Boys's Town just after World War II for the purpose of caring for Italy's war orphans. During her tour, Mrs Nixon spoke to the priests who run the project, and the boys who live in the Boys' Town community. She also saw samples of the children's work.
Later that day, Mrs Nixon spoke at a meeting of Italian women journalists where she criticised American women who went on strike last month as part of the U.S. Women's Liberation Movement. President Nixon's wife was bombarded by questions about the female protest movement in America, and although she said there was a lot of good in the movement, some of the fringe activities harm the cause more than they help it.
Mrs Nixon is to rejoin her husband in Naples on Wednesday (September 30). They will then travel to Yugoslavia, the second country they will visit on their five-nation tour.