Marriage Versus Career: the dilemma for Iranian women today

Since 1979 the role of women in Iran has in the large, been reduced to homemaker and mother. For the past 30 yrs few women were able to pursue a carreer despite having university qualifications. Under Iranian law women are only able to work with their husbands permission

Iranian Woman today

For an Iranian woman, marrying the wrong man could mean she has to forfeit her career. In an article ‹Women graduates in Iran› published on the BBC News site in September 2006, Frances Harrison spoke about Sudabeh Shahkhudahee a nurse. Sudabeh said »I will not give up my job after I get married» …»I will choose a person as a husband who lets me work because I love my job». What happened to Sudabeh?

So where are women in Iran today? Are more women working through choice? How do men feel about working wives and mothers?

BY: Javaneh