Women's Liberation in Iran 1936
In 1315 Hedjri (Solar) circa 1936/7, Reza Shah instigated the liberation of Iranian women. My Grandmother Nossrat Taslimi-Moghaddam (Hakimi) was one of the first women civil servants in Iran working for Minsitry of Education. She had never worn the Islamic dress (Chadour or Hejab), nonetheless she joined the association for women called Kanoun-e-Banouvan set up to promote the cause of Iranian women. Here is a historic photo of the ladies association taken in 1315:
Hamid, London 2004
Standing From Right: 1. Nossrat Taslimi (married Abdolhamid Hakimi) 2. Badr-el-Molok Bamdad 3. Batoul Sheivaie 4. Ashraf Naabvi (Asa) 5. Mehrbanou Donbali (Mehrbanou Sepahi) 6. Akhtar Kianouri (Akhtar Kambaksh).
Sitting 2nd Row From Right: 1. Batoul Homayoun Ehteshami 2. Fakhr Iran Ghafarie 3. Afsar-el-Molok Aryaie 4. Hajer Tarbiat 5. Taj-el-Molok Hekmat (Ali Asghar Hekmat's sister) 6. Fakhr Ozma-Arghon (Fakhr Adel, mother of Simin Behbahani) 7. Shahbanou Fakhr.
Sitting First Rom From Right: 1. Monir Afkham Afkhamie 2. Sadighe Riazi 3. Merhranour Samiie 4. Essmat-el-Molok Dolatdad 5. Shams-el-Molok Mossaheb (one of the first women to be admitted to University of Tehran).
Other members of the committee not present were: Parvin Etesami (the famous Iranian poet), Pari Hessam, Ghamar Kia, Shams-ol-Zahey Neshat.