Women's Rights in The Islamic Republic of Iran Essay

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The Iranian Islamic Revolution of 1979 created a lasting affect on the societal role of women through modern day Iran. Women in Iran before the revolution were not entirely treated equal to men, but despite some cultural perceptions of women being inferior to men, they had made progress to become socially equal under the Shah. Several misconceptions and theories have been published and studied to show the inequality of women versus men because of Islam. However, contrasting theories have also been made to show that inequality has little to do with the religion, but instead with the forceful nature upon which it was implemented in the revolution. The purpose of this paper is to highlight the Islamic and political history of Iran and its …show more content…
“Members agreed from the outset that neither Western models nor traditional Iranian concepts about the proper role of women offered a satisfactory conceptual framework for the Iranian women’s movement” (Beck and Nashat 116). While this organization sought to fight for social change on a national level, between the ten years of 1975-85, the WOI initiated proposals to send to the United Nations asking for improvement in the rights of women in all social sectors (Beck and Nashat 124). This organization would maintain a strong role as a feminist movement throughout the revolution and the years to follow. However, their progress, along with the social progress of the average Iranian woman, would be stipend and retracted during the early years of the revolution. The Islamic Revolution was more than just a religious movement to the Iranian people—it would drastically change the social and political atmosphere of the entire country. As the Shah’s policies and dictator-like leadership became increasingly intolerable to the people of Iran, the majority of the population sought a new ruler, a new government, a complete reform. Ayatollah Khomeini offered change and stability, and a government that would no longer be in a sense, economically and socially controlled by Western powers. The need for change was so great that perhaps the entirety of Khomeini’s supportive population was not fully aware of his plan to adopt a complete

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