How My Mother's Legacy Became My Legacy

How My Mother's Legacy Became My Legacy

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  • My name is Fairuza. I live in Tehran, Iran with my parents before I moved out to go to college. My name means "women of triumph", and here is the story of that.
  • She fought for liberation and the right to go to the university of her choice. She believed anything you believe in is worth fighting for.
  • In 1979, my mother become one of the many protestors standing outside the University of Tehran in Iran.
  • Almost 40 years later, I followed in the footsteps of my mother to earn an education . I earned it for me, my mother, and almost 50% of Iranian women that were denied education during Shah's reign.
  • After receiving my Bachelor's degree at the University of Tehran, I was eager to visit my sister, who I hadn't seen in years after she moved to the United States.
  • I have faith that you will do great things as we have taught you.
  • So... I was thinking that since I graduated college and all... if I could move to the US?
  • All I had to do left was to convince my parents to let me go...
  • Move where!! You're going to leave me alone with her!?
  • After finally convincing my parents to letting me go, I packed my bags, grabbed a few photos and flew to visit my sister in New York.
  • I felt like a had gained a new sense of confidence that I had never felt before. I felt free to do what I want, and I felt like I could walk with pride because women in Iran can not travel without a "male guardian's permission".
  • I noticed a coffee shop as I was walking and decided to stop in and rest for a little.
  • As I sat drinking my coffee, a woman approached me. 
  • She asked if she could sit down, and I said yes for no reason other than to have some company. I felt unsure whether or not this woman was staring at me because of my clothes like so many have. I guess it's a lot different when most people around you aren't accustomed to Iran's traditional garments.
  • May I sit?
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