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maya richardson

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FAMOUS IRANIAN WOMEN By: Maya Richardson Shirin Ebadi Shirin Ebadi is an Iranian lawyer, a former judge, a human rights activist, and the founder of Defenders of Human Rights Center in Iran. On 10 October 2003, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her significant and pioneering efforts for democracy and human rights, especially women's, children's, and refugee rights. She was the first ever Iranian to receive the prize. Ebadi lives in Tehran, but she has been in exile in the UK since June 2009 due to the increase in persecution of Iranian citizens who are critical of the current regime. In 2004, she was listed by Forbes magazine as one of the "100 most powerful women in the world". she was also listed as one of the 100 most influential women in the world.
"Shirin Ebadi." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 24 Sept. 2012. Web. 26 Sept. 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shirin_Ebadi>. Nahid Shahmehri Nahid Shahmehri is a professor in computer science, a senior member of the IEEE, head of the Division for Databases and Information Techniques, and the Director of the Laboratory for Intelligent Information Systems. She received her PhD in Computer Science from Linköpings university in 1991. right now her research interests relate to security and networking

"Nahid Shahmehri." Nahid Shahmehri. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Sept. 2012. <http://www.ida.liu.se/~nahsh/>. Laleh Seddigh Laleh Seddigh is an Iranian female race car driver. She races on circuits and in rallies. She lives in Tehran and is called the "little Schumacher". She is recognized as the best female racer in the country. She is trained by former national champion Saeed A'rabian.

these are some of her quotes:
-"Resistance from men does not bother me. Once I get on the track I like to use my technical skills, take control and dominate the other drivers."

-"Most of them, I think, are jealous, and I don't care about that. I am just going and going and hoping to be champion in the next years and I will really try to achieve that goal."

-"Every time I want to practice or make a test drive, the track staff ask me for a letter of permission -- even though I am the captain of the Proton speed team. Men never have this kind of hassle."

"Laleh Seddigh." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 14 Apr. 2012. Web. 26 Sept. 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laleh_Seddigh>. Farrokhroo Parsa Parsa was an Iranian physician, educator, and parliamentarian. She also served as Minister of Education of Iran in the last pre-Islamic revolution government and was the first female cabinet minister of an Iranian government. She was executed by firing squad on the 8th of May 1980 after the Islamists came to power in Iran.

"Farrokhroo Parsa." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 09 July 2012. Web. 26 Sept. 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farrokhroo_Parsa>. Effat Shariati Effat was born in Kerman, and from the earlier years of Iran's Islamic Revolution she started cultural and political works. During the Iran-Iraq War she was the writer of war-related programs on Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, the TV and radio station. In 1991, she was selected as head of the women's committee of Grand Khorasan state, and the advisor of the governor of Grand Khorasan. After 6 years she joined IRIB in the role of Cultural Advisor of the direct manager of Grand Khorasan IRIB. Then in 2002 she was selected in the 7th Parliament election as the Member of Parliament for Mashhad, a religious city of Shia Muslims. She is the only female MP of the eastern side of Iran.
"Effat Shariati." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 08 Apr. 2012. Web. 28 Sept. 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effat_Shariati>. Marina Nemat Marina Nemat was born in 1965 in Tehran, Iran. After the Islamic
Revolution of 1979, she was arrested at the age of sixteen and spent
more than two years in Evin, a political prison in Tehran, where she
was tortured and came very close to execution. She came to Canada
in 1991 and has called it home ever since. Her memoir of her life in Iran,
Prisoner of Tehran, was published in Canada by Penguin Canada in April
2007, has been published in 28 other countries, and has been an international
bestseller. Prisoner of Tehran has been short listed for many literary awards, including the Young Minds Award in the UK and the
Borders Original Voices Award in the US. On December 15, 2007, Marina
received the inaugural Human Dignity Award from the European Parliament,
and in October 2008, she received the prestigious Grinzane Prize in Italy.
In 2008/2009, she was an Aurea Fellow at University of Toronto’s Massey
College, where she wrote her second book, After Tehran: A Life Reclaimed,
which was published by Penguin Canada on September 18, 2010, and has so
far been published in four countries.
Neda Agha Soltan Āghā-Soltān was the middle child of a middle class family of three children, whose family resided in a fourth floor flat on Meshkini Street in the Tehrānpars district of Tehran. Her father is a civil servant and her mother is a homemaker. She was graduating from Islamic Āzād University, where she had studied Islamic theology as well as secular philosophies, but she withdrew after two semesters of study for two reasons, one being a disagreement with her husband Amir and his family, and the other being the atmosphere and the pressure of the authorities towards her appearance and dress in the university. She was divorced, and according to her mother, had difficulty finding work because of how employers perceived her.
On June 20, 2009, Nedā Āghā-Soltān was sitting in traffic on Kārgar Avenue in the city of Tehran.She was accompanied by her music teacher, Hamid Panahi. They were on their way to participate in the protests against the outcome of the 2009 Iranian presidential election. The car's air conditioner was not working well, so she stopped her car some distance from the main protests and got out on foot to escape the heat. She was standing and observing the sporadic protests in the area when she was shot in the chest.
"Death of Neda Agha-Soltan." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 18 Sept. 2012. Web. 28 Sept. 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Neda_Agha-Soltan>. Christiane Amanpour is the Chief International Correspondent for CNN and host of CNN International's nightly interview program Amanpour. She's also a Global Affairs Anchor of ABC News. Raised in Tehran, Amanpour was born in London, Englandto Iranian father Mohammad, an airline executive, and British mother, Patricia. After completing the larger part of her elementary education in Iran, she was sent by her parents to boarding school in England when she was 11. She attended Holy Cross Convent, an all-girls school located in Chalfont St. Peter, Buckinghamshire, and then, at age 16, New Hall School, in Chelmsford, Essex. Christiane and her family returned to England not long after the Islamic Revolution began. She has stressed that they were not forced to leave the country, but were actually returning to England when Iraq invaded Iran. The family eventually remained in England, finding it difficult to return to Iran.

"Christiane Amanpour." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 21 Sept. 2012. Web. 28 Sept. 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christiane_Amanpour>.
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