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Public Office: Iran
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Women participated actively in the Constitutional Revolution of 1905/6. The constitution recognized all citizens as equal before the law, but the electoral law of 1906 barred women from voting and being elected to parliament.

Proposals for revision of the electoral law were advanced on a number of occasions in the five decades between the ratification of the 1906 constitution and the extension of suffrage to women in 1963. The issue of female suffrage was raised by a single deputy in the Majlis (parliament) in 1911 and debated o…

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Esfandiari, Haleh, “Public Office: Iran”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 19 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0138d>
First published online: 2009



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