Empress Farah Pahlavi of Iran receives an honorary degree from Georgetown University President Robert J. Henle, S.J., (shown right)
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The Empress was in the U.S. with her husband, the Shah, on a state visit when the degree was conferred. At the degree ceremony, which the Shah did not attend, President Robert J. Henle, S.J., cited the Empress' 'leadership role for women in Iranian society and culture. She is the first woman in the long history of the Persian Empire to be crowned Empress . . . and the first woman to be given the legal right of regency during the minority of the Crown Prince.' The ceremony drew protests from Iranian students and Amnesty International and around 400 demonstrators gathered on campus during it.
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