Women score goal for civil rights

10 June 2005


Most historians date the beginning of the modern civil rights movement in the United States to December 1, 1955. That was the day when an unknown seamstress Rosa Parks in Montgomery, Alabama refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger.

Since the 1979 revolution, Iranian women have been banned from attending men's sporting events. But yesterday a group of young Iranian women made history; posting photographs (1 + 2) and detailed accounts of their entry into the stadium in their blogs.

"We succeeded. I congratulate all of us today who crossed the red line and broke a futile taboo," wrote blogger Masoumeh Naseri.

Parastou Doukohaki writes in her blog: "I still can’t believe it! For years I’ve longed to be part of a cool Mexican wave during a national game... Dear Mahbobeh's leg got broken in the struggle with the security forces at the Azadi stadium. But we got in."

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