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Shamlu, Maryam

Oral History Interview

Interviewer
Mahnaz Afkhami and Seyyed Vali Reza Nasr
Place
Washington, D.C. and Bethesda, Maryland
Date
May 16, 1983 and October 9, 1991
Condition
Open
Language
Persian
Content
53pp. + summary + biographical note + index + photograph
Interviewee Details
Women's Rights Advocate and Human Rights Activist; Director, Women's Studies Program, Women's Organization of Iran (WOI); Lecturer at the National University of Iran.
Abstract
Family and educational background; recollections of schooling in France and England, and experiences with women's movements in those countries; impressions of the sociopolitical climate at Iranian universities; on the change in the social role of women in Iran in the 1970s; consciousness raising and other activities of the Women's Organization of Iran (WOI) and their impact on women's consciousness throughout the country; recollections of political activism among Iranian intellectuals in the 1970s; participating in meetings organized by Abdol-Karim Lahiji and Ali Asghar Haj Seyyed Javadi; women's role in the revolutionary movement and their reaction to its aftermath; on the views of the National Front leaders on Khomeini; National Front's policy towards the Bakhtiyar premiership; fate of the WOI after the Revolution; changes in the image of women following the Revolution; on the organization and composition of the demonstrating crowds; women's rights and the politics of power in revolutionary Iran; impressions of Iran during a trip in 1989; impact of gender segregation on the culture of the educated classes; on women's condition in post-revolutionary Iran.

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