Thursday, September 13, 2007

NBC Today has story on female fire department in Iran


Today, The NBC "Today" show, with Matt Lauer, featured an interesting report on women in Iran. An entirely female fire company (in a city fire department) was shown. Yet women must still wear the veil, and have been prosecuted for showing too much ankle in public. The veil actually stimulates a booming business in “nose jobs” plastic surgery in Tehran.

The report indicated that the increase in well-educated women is bound to lead to challenges to religious, patriarchal Shiite male-dominated authoritarianism.

A good recent account of Haleh Esfandiari, who spent 105 days in the Evin Prison in Tehran, is here, AP story by Stephen Manning in The Washington Post, Sept. 9, 2007, here: (may require registration or purchase).

I recall that, in 1980, the company EDS, in its former property on Forest Lane in Dallas, kept a running count of the elapsed days that the hostages had been held in Iran since November 1979.

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