Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi, Director of the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies, was invited to have a discussion with host Cristen Conger on her national podcast Unladylike. The episode, titled “A Feminist Revolution in Iran” covers why Iranian women been burning hijabs and leading protests ever since a 22-year-old Kurdish woman named Jîna Mahsa Amini died while in custody of Tehran morality police. In their conversation, Dr. Yaghoobi contextualizes Iranian women’s’ rage within 170 years of compulsory veiling—and unveiling—laws. She also speaks to the importance of listening to the voices of young Iranian activists in the country, what they want, and how to amplify their voices. In the second half of the podcast, graphic designer Ghazal Foroutan adds to the dialogue and shares how the revolution has turned art into activism and why Gen Z women are fearlessly fronting this fight.

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