After the revolution of 1979, fundamentalist religious forces took over leadership of Iran. Women initially fought off the decree of mandatory veiling, organizing a large national women’s union – but within two years it was too dangerous to go on. Nevertheless, Iranian women are more aware of feminism than ever and have continued to resist however they can until today.
Host(s): Paul Kennedy, Donya Ziaee
Featured Speakers/Guests: Haideh Daragahi was a professor of English Literature at Tehran University when Khomeini took power. She has lived in Sweden since 1984 and worked as an academic, women’s rights activist and journalist. Shahin Navai was an organizer of Iran’s national women’s union and an entomologist. She now lives in Berlin.
Credits: Production for CBC and adaptation for WINGS by Donya Ziaee, with voice-over help from Tina Verma, and archival help from Keith Hart, Zoe Barraclough and Greg Hobbs. Archival footage made possible by the CBC, Associated Press and the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture at Duke University.
Comments: Part 1 on the Program Exchange, here: http://wingsradio.org/01-19-the-stolen-revolution/
Full CBC hour here: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/the-stolen-revolution-iranian-women-of-1979-1.5048382