“When I was a child, I was in love with Bollywood movies. I remember when I was in third grade, satellite dish tv was new in Iran and I had in no time managed to memorize all of the Hindi songs from the films. Unfortunately, one day I was jumping around the classroom enjoying myself singing when suddenly a teacher came out of nowhere, pulled me aside, and suspended me from school for 2 days. Now when I think back to that day, I really miss my school days.”

Present-Day Inspirational Women

Shirin Ebadi

Shirin Ebadi (b.1947) is a human-rights activist and a lawyer. She was the first female judge in the country of Iran, and she won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003. Not only that, she founded the Association for Support of Children’s Rights and the Human Rights Defense Center. 

Judge Ebadi was not without her obstacles, however. Just a few years after becoming the first female judge of her native country in the 70′s, she was forced to resign because of the conservative laws forbidding her to practice law. She was not able to practice law again until 1992.

In between her two stints of practicing law, Ebadi taught human rights training courses at Tehran University. And once she was able to return to practicing law, she mostly took on civil rights cases, cases involving women and children. 

Most recently, in 2012, Ebadi attended the first Trust Women conference in London. There, she promoted a petition to amend Iran’s constitution, which has poor gender-discrimination policies in it. 

Shirin Ebadi had to fight just to hold her career, and now she fights for others. Who else is out there fighting for others? I’d love to hear about them and write about them, so please send me suggestions!


Random people on the streets of Tehran were asked a simple, yet often mystifying question: What do you wish for?

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