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1. Thinking about all the women in my family on #InternationalWomensDay. They have endured torture and imprisonment in hopes for a better life for Iranians whether it was under the Shah or now under the leadership of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
2. My grandmother was a deeply religious woman. She wanted to wear a hijab but the Shah's father, Reza Shah, banned women from wearing the hijab in 1936. Women who wore hijabs had them forcibly removed by authorities. My grandmother didn't leave the house for years..
3. When she did leave the house it was late at night and only in a rush to get to the next location. Women even took their own lives to avoid being forced to go out without wearing the hijab.
4. My grandmother also endured the torture and imprisonment of her sons, including my uncle Habib who was tortured directly at the orders of the Shah, he then took his own life to avoid further torture. My grandmother had no idea any of this was going on until later.
5. Several Savak agents, the Shah's intel agency, moved in with my grandmother (who, again, was deeply religious) for a week while all of this was going on. She had no idea where her son was and what was happening.
6. When the Savak agents left after a week they told her that he had been dead the whole time. And then when the revolution happened things didn't get better..at all.
7. So many of the women in my family, because they dared to standup for themselves, were thrown in prisons and tortured. My mom's cousin Monireh Baradaran endured horrific torture in prison for 9 years, something she has spoken about publicly after she fled to Germany.
8. In one of her speeches she said something that still sits with me: “I can only name a few names, but never, never forget that they are just some of the countless people who have endured untold pain in my homeland - and still endure it.”

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