Born in Upper Egypt in 1934, at age sixteen Jehan Sadat
married Anwar Sadat, who later became president of Egypt.
During the course of their thirty-two-year marriage, she
earned a bachelor's degree in Arabic language as well as
master's and Ph.D. degrees in literature from Cairo University.
Dedicated to improving the status of women in Egypt, she
established the Talla Society, which trains women in various
handicrafts and pays the tuition of nearly one thousand
secondary school and university students. The recipient
of many public service awards, she has been a professor
of international studies at the University of Maryland since
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