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The women of Iran are rising up — again.

Since the recent death of Kurdish-Iranian woman Mahsa Amini while in the custody of the country’s morality police, Iranian towns and cities have erupted in protest.

These protests have become one of the greatest challenges to Iran’s political establishment since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Authorities have unleashed a brutal crackdown, including issuing the first death sentence to an unidentified protester. 

But women’s protest in Iran is not new. Iranian women have been at the forefront of political protest and change there since the beginning of the 20th century.

The death of Mahsa Amini has shaken Iran.(Reuters: IranWire)

“There’s actually been a very long history of women advocating for the role of women in Iran, and for having freedom,” Pardis Mahdavi, a provost and executive vice president of the University of Montana, tells ABC RN’s Rear Vision.

“We’ve seen Islamic feminism, we’ve seen more secular feminism, we’ve seen multiple generations of feminists, and these have actually laid the important groundwork for what we see on the streets of Iran today.”

For more than a century, the place of women in Iran has been a seismic political, cultural and religious issue. And women have responded time and time again by making their voices heard.

‘Women came out into the street’

With around 85 million people, Iran’s population is predominantly Persian (not Arabic) with several other ethnic minorities.

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