“You Say You Want a Revolution”

Posted: February 19, 2009 by krystieyandoli in Uncategorized
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The Iranian women’s rights movement has been a long time coming and is finally a serious matter of consideration. Feminists and activists worldwide are all rallying behind the women of Iran to support and encourage their newfound liberal behavior.

The real question is how to address an always-touchy issue of women’s rights in the Middle Eastern culture when trying to create progress while respecting Iran’s strict cultural traditions at the same time. It makes for quite a sticky situation when cultural and legal restrictions are all in the same.

That being said, however, the Iranian government has been violating the basic human rights of their women for as far back as history allows us to go. It is not fair to these women to have to fight for education, marital, and sexual freedom.

It is clearly evident that education plays a significant role in the women of Iran filing for divorces and battling for custody of their own children in a country where this shunned. Iranian women of all social classes are using tools like universities, satellite television, and the Internet to gain more knowledge concerning their potential equality with men.

According to The New York Times, 60 percent of university students are women when only 30 percent of students were women in 1982. The education of Iranian females has doubled in nearly twenty-five years and has apparently made an impact on these learning women.

Even though women in the United States are allowed more basic rights than the women of Iran, don’t be fooled into thinking they’re equal within their own national context. If you think men and women in the U.S. are completely equal, the fact that the Obama administration had to enact the Lilly Ledbetter law to ensure equal pay more than points to this so-called “equality” in the United States.

Education can and should be used as a tool to educate young women [and men] of the flaws that exist within our own government and what we can do to change legislation for the better.

In sum: learn what you can to educate yourself, teach others what you’ve learned on your own, then let them repeat the cycle. Iranian women are starting to come around to the idea of feminism and fighting for equality between them and their male counterparts despite the downfalls that they are still facing at this very moment.

If you’re down for the status quo, you need to reevaluate. Or in the words of my dude Ice Cube, “check yourself before you wreck yourself.” After all, we’re talking basic women’s rights, not rocket science.

–Krystie Yandoli

Comments
  1. Briana says:

    Well said. I enjoyed reading your article.

  2. Hayley says:

    I think we all take for granted the rights we have as women in the U.S. By continuing to fight for completely “equal” rights maybe we can help the Iranian women acheive the same. I look forward to your next post.

  3. john mccrory says:

    I think the religious beliefs in the muslim world will retard the goal of equality for women for many ,many years…. education will help but equality for women is considered a western concept which is counter to their society

  4. KrystieY says:

    Call me crazy, but equality for women was also counter to our Western society just a couple hundred years ago. Here’s to hoping things change for the better in Iran like they did in the US

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