Iranian Women’s History

[TEXT: From poets] [TEXT: to pilots.] [TEXT: Iranian women once enjoyed freedom and equal opportunity.] [TEXT: Mahnaz Afkhami became Iran’s first minister for women’s
affairs.] [TEXT: But after the 1979 Iranian Revolution, she was forced out of
her position.] [TEXT: Farrokhroo Parsa was the first woman in Iran to hold a
Cabinet position.] [TEXT: But after the revolution, the regime executed her by firing
squad.] [TEXT: Shirin Ebadi was the first female judge in Iran.] [TEXT: But in 1979, she and all female judges were forced to
resign.] [TEXT: Shirin Ebadi went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003] [TEXT: for fighting to protect the rights of women and children.] [TEXT: In 2009, she fled Iran due to threats from the regime.] [TEXT: Women in Iran are severely restricted by the law.] [TEXT: : Despite widespread opposition they’ve been forced to cover their heads in public.] [TEXT: The regime’s civil code makes discrimination against women in
the workforce legal.] [TEXT: The Iranian women continue to fight for their rights.] [TEXT: The women of the U.S. stand with the women of Iran.] [TEXT: U.S. Department of State. Select Media © AP Images and Wikimedia]

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