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Arts: Women Journalists and Women's Press: Iran
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Iranian women entered journalism shortly after the 1906 Constitutional Revolution and became very prominent in the profession following the 1979 Islamic Revolution, which had initially limited women's public presence.

The first Iranian women's newspaper, the weekly Dānish(Knowledge), was published by a woman optician, Dr. Kaḥḥāl, in 1910, to cover family matters and women's education. Low circulation in a poor, rural, and widely dispersed nation of just over 10 million, most of them illiterate, led to the paper's closure in less than a year. Dānish was followed by several simi…

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Shahidi, Hossein, “Arts: Women Journalists and Women's Press: Iran”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 29 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0600d>
First published online: 2009

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