Women in Iran and U.S.

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Like women elsewhere in the Muslim world, women in Iran suffer legal and cultural discrimination at the hands of a patriarchal society. Yet, most agree that what Iranian women desire is more complicated than a carbon-copy Western version of gender equality. Tradition and culture and history matter as well. [worldsavy.org, worldsavvy.org] Today, we are going to discuss the similarities and differences between women in Iran, and women in the United States. Iran is presently an enigma, a fundamentalist religious regime and an industrialized democracy, a country where women are educated and In Iran, women can vote and run for Parliament and are not prohibited from traveling freely, but can be subject to arrests, beatings, and imprisonment, they are not protected from domestic violence, and are discriminated against in other subtle ways (such as inheritance law). [about.com, Tom Head] Iranian women first obtained the right to vote in 1963, under the Shah, 8 and retain that right under the Ayatollah Khomeini today, although it is one of the few rights that women actually have in Iran. [American.edu, Haleh E. Bakhash] In the United States, it started in the1800s, women organized, petitioned, and picketed to win the right to vote, but it took those decades to accomplish their purpose. Between 1878, when the amendment was first introduced in Congress, and August 18, 1920, when it was ratified, champions of voting rights for women worked tirelessly, but strategies for achieving their goal varied. [ourdoucuments.gov, ourdocuments.gov] While women in both places now have the right to vote, both countries had to fight long and hard, however women in Iran are still limited to their rights, while women in the United States have free range. Today, men and women can work side by side in most all fields of business and society. Based on a 1991 census, women represent more than forty eight percent of Iran's population. From 1976 until 1991 Iran's...
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