Women press ahead with change in Iran

"The social change to a more urbanized, highly educated society in which women play a much more assertive role is of huge significance, and is bound to change politics in Iran too in the medium to long term," wrote Iran expert Axworthy. According to Mansoureh Shojaee, "Especially in the last ten years, women have used every opportunity to make their demands clear: even in prison.

She was referring to the long history of the women's movement in Iran, which began even before the constitutional revolution of 1906.

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