Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman ever to win the Fields Medal for her outstanding contributions to the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces.
Kimia Alizadeh, Iran’s first female Olympic medalist defects from the national Taekwondo team to protest oppression against women.
Priscillia Kounkou-Hoveyda is the founder of Collective for Black Iranians with a mission to amplify Black and Afro-Iranian voices.
Vida Movahed was arrested and sentenced to prison after publicly protesting compulsory hijab. Her bravery sparked a movement with other women re-enacting her protest in cities across Iran.
The white scarf and the moon form the word “No” in Farsi.
Actress Golshifteh Farahani posed nude for the French Magazine Madame Le Figaro (and later for Egoiste) to promote the notion of bodily and artistic freedom which caused a great deal of controversy between Iranian people.
Following the 1979 revolution, Farzaneh Kaboli, eminent Iranian dancer and choreographer, unable to publicly dance and perform, set up her own private dance academy where she teaches and trains hundreds of students to this day.
Inspired by Art Spiegelman’s Maus, Marjane Satrapi wrote the critically acclaimed Persepolis; a graphic novel memoir that describes her childhood in Iran and adolescence in Europe.
Forough Farrokhzad established herself among the great voices of Persian literature dominated by men at the time. She passed away at 32 in a car crash, but her poetry lives on forever.
Born to immigrant parents, Mana Shamshiri, Vegan cook and anti-colonial activist, affirms her identity and ties to her Iranian heritage by recreating traditional dishes while remaining compassionate towards humans, animals, and the environment.
Sevdaliza is an independent self-taught singer, songwriter, composer and director defying the status quo of the music industry.