The Wind in My Hair (Rebel Girls)

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  This memoir is the extraordinary story of how one Iranian woman overcame enormous adversity to fight for what she truly believed and founded a major movement for women around the world with the simple removal of her hijab.

It all started with a single photo, a bold statement on Masih's Facebook page: a woman standing proudly, her face bare, her beautiful, curly hair blowing in the wind. Her crime: simply removing her veil, or hijab, which is compulsory for women in Iran. This is the photo that sparked a social-media liberation movement, 'My Stealthy Freedom'. Across Iran, women started posting pictures of their uncovered hair on Masih's page in open defiance of the strict religious beliefs of their country (and often, their families) while sharing their personal stories about this powerful mode of expression.

With the creation of 'My Stealthy Freedom' Masih has gained over one million supporters around the world, and inspired Islamic women everywhere to take a stand for their basic human rights. She's been covered by the media from Vogue, to the Guardian, the New York Times and beyond. Last year she was the recipient of the Women's Rights Award from the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy.

But behind the scenes of this movement, Masih has been fighting a painful personal battle. She is a divorcee -- a sin equivalent to prostitution in Iranian culture. As a reporter, Masih has been actively speaking out against the government's corrupt policies for more than a decade, and has faced abuse and slander at every turn. In 2009 she went abroad during the Iranian presidential election with hopes of interviewing Barack Obama. Before the interview could take place, the elections were stolen, Masih's newspaper was shut down, and thousands of Iranians were arrested. She was expelled from her own country, and separated from her only son. Although she eventually was able to take her son abroad, she has not returned to Iran or seen her family in years. To this day, Masih has faith that one day she will be reunited with her homeland.

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ISBN-13: 9780349008943
ISBN-10: 0349008949
Pagini: 394
Dimensiuni: 154 x 235 x 34 mm
Greutate: 0.54 kg
Editura: Little Brown Book Group
Colecția Virago Press
Seria Rebel Girls

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Masoumeh (Masih) Alinejad-Ghomi was born in 1976 in Ghomikola, Babol. She is an award-winning Iranian journalist, broadcaster, blogger and founder of the My Stealthy Freedom movement. A 2011 graduate of Oxford Brookes University, Alinejad currently reports and presents a weekly TV segment on VOA, called Tablet, where she mixes hard news and satire. Masih has been published in a variety of newspapers and magazines, including Huffington Post, Time magazine and the Washington Post. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.


"Told poignantly andwith a blunt honesty that seems a characteristic of Alinejad's life andwriting, here is a gripping tale that permits us to peek at the inner workingsof the Iranian Revolution and consider the question of its health andlongevity."—New York Times Book Review
""The Wind in My Hair"... paints a vivid portrait of modern Iran...Thebook comes at a time of renewed energy within the feminist movement, and Ms.Alinejad believes that the book's themes transcend borders."—New York Times
"Alinejad's experiences make for a compelling and eye-opening read."—Christian Science Monitor
"Women all over Iran risked imprisonment and even their lives and safety to post pictures. Alinejad's stories of her illustrious career as a groundbreaking journalist challenging the Islamic Republic make for a fascinating narrative."—Publisher's Weekly
"[Masih's] descriptions of life as a journalist and activist will captivate readers interested in Iran, international affairs, gender equality, and human rights."
"Alinejad's account provides a timely glimpse behind the Iranian curtain."—Kirkus
"Masih Alinejad is afearless champion for women's rights. She built her career as a reporteruncovering powerful truths and writing passionately in support of human rightsin a country where doing so meant risking one's freedom and safety. Her book isa must-read for anyone who cares about women's equality and autonomy-in Iran,the United States, and everywhere."—Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and Founder of LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org
"Masih Alinejad'spersonal story is intriguing and inspiring. For her freedom is not justpolitical but existential, which is why Masih's voice is so important to Iran'scivil society and the Iranian people's struggles for freedom and democracy."—Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran and The Republic of Imagination
"With mightyrighteousness on her side and bravery in her heart, Masih Alinejad is aflame-thrower for the rights of all women who live under the thumb ofrepression and injustice."—Tina Brown, author of The Vanity Fair Diaries
"Masih Alinejad'sinspiring journey from an ordinary working-class village girl in Iran into atransnational activist-journalist is a testimony to not only her talents andpassionate dedication to equal rights, but also to the aspiration anddetermination of many Iranian women whose stories are recounted by her. Masih'scourageous journey is part of a growing women's rights movement that resonateswith women everywhere."—Nayereh Tohidi, Director, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at California State, Northridge