The Iranian Reform Movement and the Iranian Women’s Movement: Feminism Interacted

  • Majid Mohammadi


Women have been one of the most important social groups in the Iranian reform movement. Iranian female university students, intellectuals, journalists and lawyers have raised the standards of political activism in Iran. Along with male university students, journalists, intellectuals and political activists, Iranian feminists, both religious and non-religious, are the core of this movement. After presenting a compendium of the structural and ideological gender inequalities in Iranian society, mostly in post-revolutionary era, the fifth chapter of the book provides basic information and analysis about Iranian feminists in the reform movement framework.

The chapter also reviews the relationship between Iranian feminism, on one hand, and the democratization process and demand for the vindication of civil rights of all Iranian citizens as the main issues of this movement, on the other. This review unfolds in three parts: the essence of Iranian feminism in post-revolutionary Iran; the interactions of women activists and other activists in this movement; and the impact of feminism on the Iranian reform movement.


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  • Majid Mohammadi
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  1. 1.Radio Free EuropeStony BrookUSA

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