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Feminist Icons On Iran Women’s Revolt

By Charlotte Robinson, November 19, 2022

Women’s Media Center Co-Founders Gloria Steinem & Jane Fonda addressed the Women’s Revolution in Iran at the organization’s Women’s Media Awards. Jane Fonda stated, “The Women's Media Center feels it crucial to emphasize our solidarity with the Women's Revolution in Iran. This is not only because to date more than 300 protestors have been killed & 14,000 arrested--including 63 journalists. This revolution is exploding all over Iran—the likes of which have never been seen in the entire region. It was triggered by the death on September 16th of a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, Mahsa Jina Amini, three days after she was detained by the so-called ‘morality police’ for an alleged violation of the country’s harsh strictures on women’s clothing. Within days, protests burst out across the country in spontaneous grief, rage & defiance by women burning their head scarves, cutting their hair & chanting, ‘Women. Life. Freedom….” Gloria Steinem, WMC Co-Founder concluded, “The United States imposed sanctions on senior officials from Iran’s intelligence & law enforcement branches, condemning what Secretary of State Tony Blinken called ‘Mahsa’s tragic & brutal death.’ But that is nowhere near enough. We want more action. We want more sanctions. The Women’s Media Center calls on women everywhere to move in solidarity with Iranian women & with this Women’s Revolution & with the men supporting these women…Women & girls, our sisters, are trapped in their country with no voice out to the world. We can offer them that voice. Iranian women need to know that we are with them & with the Global Women’s Movement, which won't be stopped...” 

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