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The National Union of Women

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Populism and Feminism in Iran

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In her introduction to Women, Resistance and Revolution, Sheila Rowbotham writes that women respond to the ‘pain, emotional violence and intense rejection’ they experience in male-defined revolutionary movements in two ways: ‘subservient acquiescence’ out of loyalty or the need to preserve unity, or angry denial that ‘their’ movement has anything to do with women.1 This chapter is about the experiences of Iranian women in the male-defined revolutionary movement between 1979 and 1981. It is about both the acquiescent women and the defiant, subversive ones.

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  1. S. Rowbatham, Women, Resistance and Revolution, (New York: Vintage Books, 1974).

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  2. K. Millett, Going to Iran, (New York: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan 1982) p. 163.

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  3. See, for example, H. Nateq and G. Ghazinoor’s articles in Keyhan, (21 Esfand 1357/March 1979).

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  4. S. Evans, Personal Politics, (New York: Vantage Books, 1980) p. 114.

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© 1996 Haideh Moghissi

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Moghissi, H. (1996). The National Union of Women. In: Populism and Feminism in Iran. Women’s Studies at York Series. Palgrave Macmillan, London.

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