For the first time since its founding, protests have the Islamic Republic on the back foot

Masih Alinejad in Persuasion:

Women’s rights in Iran saw significant progress toward gender equality as early as the 1920s. Women were allowed into the country’s first university in 1935. The Iranian Women’s Party was formed in 1942, and education for women became compulsory in 1944. Almost twenty years later, in 1963, women obtained the right to vote. The minimum age of marriage was raised from 13 to 18 and women could file for divorce. By the late 1970s, Iranian women made up a significant part of the country’s workforce and served in parliament and local councils. It was only the 1979 Iranian Revolution that brought the theocracy and regression of women’s rights.

But today, another revolution is underway.

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