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Soona Samsami was born in Isfahan, Iran. She studied to be a city planner. When the Revolution came in 1979, her field of work—architecture—was closed to women. Soona left for the United States and studied at Michigan State University. She then became an Iranian community leader—teaching and training Iranian women in the U.S. to organize in support of democratic change in Iran. Soona speaks at conferences worldwide.

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Iranian Women Lead the Persian Spring

(52) Comments | Posted June 10, 2011 | 4:44 PM

On Thursday June 2, 2011, women's rights activist, Haleh Sahabi (aged 54) was killed as a result of brutal beatings by the Iranian regime's security forces. Her body was later snatched from her house and buried secretly to curb the outcry of the family, friends and ordinary Iranians....

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Women Will Lead to Bring Freedom to Iran and Middle East

(28) Comments | Posted March 8, 2011 | 2:39 PM

This year, March 8th marks the 100th anniversary of the International Women's Day. In my homeland, Iran, women have continued to stand up to tyranny, rejecting discrimination and dictatorship with a resounding NO.

Women were in the forefront of the uprising in the summer of 2009, when the Iranian...

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Marzieh, the Late Diva of Persian Music Lives in the Hearts of Women

(16) Comments | Posted October 21, 2010 | 2:12 PM

The Iranian people last week lost an icon of Persian art and culture, a fierce defender of human rights, and a formidable opponent of the misogynist regime in Tehran. Ashraf os-Sadat Mortezai, known as Marzieh, passed away on October 13, 2010 at the age of 86.

Her distinguished career...

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Iranian Women Stand Against Misogynist Ahmadinejad

(34) Comments | Posted September 23, 2010 | 1:18 PM

There has been a concerted effort by Tehran to conflate opposition to the Iranian regime, its human rights abuses, and its inherent and deeply ingrained misogyny, with beating the drums of war. Tehran has managed to take advantage of some anti-war groups to line up support for its murderous behavior....

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President-elect Obama Should Engage Iranian Women Calling for Change

(60) Comments | Posted December 9, 2008 | 4:54 PM

By all accounts, women played a pivotal role in the rise to prominence and election of Barack Obama. It is, therefore, fitting that women play a key role in helping him address one of his greatest foreign policy challenges - the growing threat from Islamic extremists, particularly the ayatollahs in...

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Give Iranians Their Freedom Back

(36) Comments | Posted April 11, 2008 | 8:03 AM

American commentators and politicians love to opine about Iran. Everyday there are more articles and op-eds by so-called 'experts' on what to do about the nuclear issue, Iran's influence in Iraq, religious extremism, etc. I would like to offer my perspective as an Iranian woman, with deep knowledge and understanding...

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