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Iranian Journalist Leading Charge Against Hijab Law

Masih Alinejad was forced out of Iran after years of demanding women’s rights. She is now leading the charge against the country’s compulsory hijab law from the U.S. She spoke with Paula Ebben and Liam Martin about her new book “The Wind In My Hair.”


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A Memoir That Came to Life When She Removed Her Hijab

The first time Masih Alinejad, an Iranian journalist and activist, walked in public without her hijab was in 2006. She was a 30-year-old columnist for Etemad-e-Melli, a now defunct Iranian daily newspaper, and working on a series of articles in Beirut, Lebanon. Ms. Alinejad, who was on her first trip outside of Iran, was immediately struck by the city’s relatively relaxed attitude toward women’s appearance in public.

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