|By Jennifer B-C Seaver (209-120-200-86.hosts.axs2000.net - 188.8.131.52) on Friday, February 04, 2005 - 12:40 pm: Edit Post|
Charlotte Jirousek makes an important point about the need for RPCVs to continue our work as cultural ambassabors throughout our lives. My recent book, Journeys: A Novel of Iran, shows the women of Iran who embraced modern ideas during the 1960s. One notable achievement of the Shah was to grant women the right to vote. As an unmarried woman, I was viewed by many as a "role model".
When a group of RPCVs visited Iran in 1992, we learned that the majority of university students are women. While the theocratic goverment that currently rules Iran may have limited the citizens' civil rights, I rejoice that so many women pursue professional careers and enjoy many modern conveniences in the Islamic world. Jennifer B-C Seaver (RPCV Iran 1966-68)