Development and Dreams

Gholam R. Afkhami

in The Life and Times of the Shah

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780520253285
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942165 | DOI:
Development and Dreams

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By the early 1960s, it was clear to the shah that his development vision could not be realized with the older men who in the past had managed the country's economy and finances. On 20 February 1963, Amir Asadollah Alam announced the government's program as intended to implement the shah's six principles that had just been approved in the referendum. The opening of the economic congress fell on 27 February, which had been declared International Women's Day. The shah used the occasion to speak about the future of women in Iran, their right to vote and to be elected to office, and their role as citizens and mothers. To bring the women's issue up in an economic congress was meant to assure the nation that he was serious and his program was there to stay. It worked. Women marched before his palace in droves to thank him for his support.

Keywords: shah; Amir Asadollah Alam; women's rights; Iran; International Women's Day

Chapter.  8192 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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