Jan 29, 2019, 1:57 PM
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US academic hails Islamic Revolution's treatment of women

New York, Jan 29, IRNA – The Islamic Revolution, with its justice-seeking mottos, let women shine in the scientific, social and managerial positions, including vice presidency, while the US has never had a female vice-president, said an American history professor in a recent interview.

'The Islamic Revolution simultaneously enabled Iranian women to keep their existing jobs in the workforce, and as well to enter into new female-only occupations broadly across the labor spectrum (e.g. from female cab driving to gynecology),' David Yaghoubian history professor at California State University, San Bernardino told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

Yaghoubian said, 'The increased demand for higher education for Iranian women was amplified by the Islamic Revolution's emphasis on egalitarianism, social justice, and individual advancement through merits, and thus resulted in the very high ratio of Iranian women successfully entering universities annually in Iran that the nation can proudly celebrate on this 40th anniversary of the revolution.'

'Arguably, some of the most iconic images of the revolution remain those of Iranian women bravely marching in the streets, chanting revolutionary slogans with their fists in the air, determined to face the despotic Pahlavi regime head-on.'

'Iranian mothers and sisters and daughters were at the forefront of the struggle against the dictatorship and its imperialist backers, and thus it was only fitting that they would reap the benefits of their self-acquired freedom.'

Saying that proportionally, there have been more women in Majlis (Iranian Parliament) since the 1979 Islamic Revolution than there are in the US Senate, he added Iran has had a female vice president.

This is while, the United States has not have a female vice president, the history professor said.

Yaghoubian said, 'To generalize, Iranian cinema before the revolution, tended to attempt to emulate Western film genres such as thrillers and melodramas, and thus can be seen as imitative. Nevertheless it was a critical period to develop the rudiments of the industry, even if the films were often crude approximations of their Western models.'

He added that as Iranian filmmakers began to explore new cinematic themes in the wake of the Islamic Revolution, and especially in the aftermath of the Iran-Iraq War, Iranian cinema experienced a metamorphosis, where its masters, such as Abbas Kiarostami, produced powerful and unique works that have been globally recognized for their artistic creativity, emotive potency, and metaphorical brilliance.

'Post-revolutionary Iranian cinema of course illustrates the human experience in Islamic Republic of Iran, but also often applies to all human beings. In my view this is where Iranian cinema shines most, and is its greatest gift. Kiarostami’s Taste of Cherry (1997) is arguably the best example.
For its universal appeal and the humanity which it depicts, this cinematic gem will always remain one of my favorite films of all time,' he said, referring to Kiarostami’s Taste of Cherry.

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