How My Mother's Legacy Became My Legacy

How My Mother's Legacy Became My Legacy
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  • We have a friendly conversation, when she finally interrupts to ask why I continue to wear a hijab and chador. She cuts me off to ask another question before I can answer.
  • What is it like to live in a Muslim dominant country like Iran?
  • I tell her that I had moved here from Iran after earning my degree.
  • I said that when my mother was growing up, she fought against the SAVAK, which were the secret police of Iran during the time of the rallies. Because of her, I had earned the right to go to school and make a living out of my career.
  • I told her that out of respect of my country, my family, and my religion, I continue to wear the clothes I am accustomed to because it shows a sense of power women should feel. They should walk the streets with confidence, and fight against the oppression of women around the world.
  • This is the danger of the single story. The woman I had discussed with assumed that living in Iran as a woman was horrible, but instead I had earned my degree, made a career, and pursued my dream in a country full of opportunity. Women in Iran are powerful, and now, more than ever, are they willing to speak out for what is right.
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