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Women's History Month at Glendale Community College


Spotlight on the Women's Movement in Iran

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The death of Iranian Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini on September 16, 2022 sparked outrage and renewed attention to the ongoing struggle for women's rights in Iran. Amini died in police custody after being arrested by Iran’s morality police for violating the country's strict dress code. Her death has been widely condemned by human rights organizations and activists both inside and outside of Iran. It has also prompted renewed protests and calls for change in the country's treatment of women.

Below is a curated selection of titles about the women's rights movement in Iran. Our selection includes titles from Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson's list of "10 Books to Read to Learn About Women's Plight in Iran" published by National Public Radio in 2022. Many are memoirs by women who were forced to flee Iran.

Books at the GCC Library

Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card
Axis of Hope: Iranian Women's Rights Activism Across Borders
Between Warrior Brother and Veiled Sister : Islamic Fundamentalism and the Politics of Patriarchy in Iran
Honeymoon in Tehran
I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad
Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran
The Lonely War: One Woman's Account of the Struggle for Modern Iran
My Prison, My Home: One Woman's Story of Captivity in Iran
My Sister, Guard Your Veil; My Brother, Guard Your Eyes
The Other Side of Silence
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return
Reconstructed Lives: Women and Iran's Islamic Revolution
Song of a Captive Bird: A Novel
Until We Are Free: My Fight for Human Rights in Iran

Women, Life, Freedom: Iran's Movement for Women's Rights Conversation at Columbia University

In the wake of 22-year-old Mahsa (Jhina) Amini's mid-September death after she was arrested by Iran's Morality Police for improper veiling, the world has witnessed a political movement led by young Iranian women. This conversation, hosted by Columbia Univerity on November 10, 2022, explored the unrest in Iran within the broader historical and geo-political context, where it may lead, and how it connects with other global challenges.

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