This Is My Right

Hey joons, This month is dedicated to the celebration of women (and Norouz…). Because let’s be honest – it’s the 21st century and we’re still dealing with a lot of bullsh*t that many women before us worked their asses off to overcome. vt

Women before our time came out in protest fighting for their right to vote. And while we’re still waiting on a few things (like equal pay and respect … or just an end to men dictating what “legitimate rape” is)… we’ve come far.

There are so many women to name but for the sake of length for this post, let’s recognize a few that have stood out in our minds:

Lucy Stone. 



In 1847, she was the first woman from Massachusetts to earn a college degree. Lucy Stone participated in the creation of the first National Women’s Rights Convention. And she was the first woman to go on record for keeping her maiden name after marriage.

Lucy was fearless – she spoke in favor of women’s rights and against slavery when people didn’t want to hear either of her arguments. She helped establish the Women’s National Loyal League, which helped pass the 13th Amendment and she also helped organize the largest group of women’s rights reformers, the American Woman Suffrage Association.

Engy Ayman Ghozlan.

Our generation.

engyEngy Ghozlan has coordinated successful campaigns to ensure the safety of women against sexual harassment. At a time where women are encouraged to engage more in the political arena and fight for their rights (everywhere… but especially in MENA), it is imperative for women to be given the opportunity to speak their minds without fear.

To ensure that right, Engy hasn’t just encouraged women to participate more in the political process of Egypt; she has worked toward preserving their safety by creating HarassMap – a website that collects data about sexual harassment in Egypt.

Women’s Rights Movement in Iran.

(circa 1933).


This movement first emerged after the Iranian Constitutional Revolution in 1910. In 1979 (during the Islamic Revolution), it came back into focus and achieved many victories for Iranian women. This movement allowed for the creation of many underground women’s rights societies who voiced their opinions through newspapers and magazine periodicals – as well as the first establishment of the Women’s Journal… run by women.

In 1963, women won the right to vote as part of Reza Shah’s White Revolution – women were granted the freedom to run for public office and in 1975 when the Family Protection Law passed – women were granted divorce and custody rights, and it reduced polygamy.

Unfortunately, many of the advances that were made toward equal rights were soon abolished through the Islamic Revolution.

Even today, women everywhere have to fight harder than ever just for their voices to be heard – and without fear that they will be reprimanded.

And if we speak out – we’re either called a feminist or a bitch. bitch

Since when did “bitch” become synonymous with fighting for what you believe in?

Women have to demand respect without alienating others. We have the right take to the streets – without having to be afraid of rape. We have the right to be legitimate victims of rape – without having to justify it. We have the right to deserve respect – without being a bitch. We have the right to equal pay – because we work just as hard (if not harder) to be recognized.

One way of thinking or one gender is not better, smarter, or superior.

Don’t let that fear silence you – SPEAK UP just as so many women before us did: Luisa Capetillo – who was the first woman to be arrested for wearing pants in public, Shirin Ebadi – Iranian human rights lawyer who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003, Ida B. Wells – who refused to avoid media attention just because she was Black.

Happy March!






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