In the coming academic year, 36 universities will implement exclusion of women from 77 fields of study. The government, which has distanced itself from the recent education bans introduced by universities, risks a backlash.
Although sanctions imposed on a nation labeled "rogue" may make some senators more secure about their reelection prospects, they affect people on the ground in a tragically adverse way. For most women, they make life in a sparse economy even more arduous.
In many Muslim societies, Islamic law deems women inferior to men. A woman's testimony is worth half that of a man, and her independence is restricted by seclusion in the home, laws of guardianship by male kin, polygamy and unilateral divorce.
Look closely at the images of mass demonstrations taking place in Iran this week and you will see them: thousands of brave Iranian women taking to the streets to protest an election they feel was stolen.