A Century Struggle for Freedom in Iran

BettyJean Kling on behalf of Soona Samsami
Executive Dir. Women’s Freedom Forum

On October 7, 2010 Women’s Freedom Forum held a Congressional Photo Exhibition on “A Century Struggle for Freedom in Iran ” and women’s role which has now been produced as an educational video presentation.

Thanks to the hard work and research of volunteers, the presentation has been commented as one of the best educational videos on YouTube.com, as it brings to us a unique and fresh perspective of Iran’s rich history. We recommend that you view this presentation.

Link to you tube for Women’s Freedom Forum:  http://www.youtube.com/user/WomenFreedomForum

America’s Femcitizens need to watch this video and others shown on Women Freedom Forum website, then go rent Iron Jawed Angels and a few other movies about our Suffragettes. We are in need of some lessons in how to be real women

Even before that in a letter to John Adams from Abigail during the Revolution, March 31st, 1776:

I long to hear that you have declared an independency — and by the way in the new Code of Laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make I desire you would Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favourable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands. Remember all Men would be tyrants if they could. If perticuliar care and attention is not paid to the Ladies we are determined to foment a Rebelion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice, or Representation. http://www.masshist.org/digitaladams/aea/cfm/doc.cfm?id=L17760331aa

It was the very cause of the Revolution: personal liberty, equality, and a separation from deep-rooted systems of hierarchy. Abigail Adams a women before her time saw the correlation between monarchy over America and patriarchy over women, and even envisioned that someday the ‘Ladies’ – like her countrymen – would grow tired of not having a voice and stand up to “rebel.”

In 1848, just a half century after the Revolution ended, women declared independence from the old system by writing the Declaration of Rights and Sentiments at the Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention.




One of my subscribers wrote this piece just after Hillary suspended her campaign in June. I used it in several newsletters since, it will no doubt have a prominent place in my book and it seems its time to use it again. Thank you Jamie for a piece I hope will go down in History as our call to action- it is now up to us not Hillary to rise!



“We can’t worry about what Hillary might be thinking or what her strategy is.  18 million voters voted for her to be our nominee because she is the best candidate available and I know she would beat McCain in November if she was our nominee.  Her strategy may be to play along with the Party and withhold her donors and her delegates until they cry uncle and realize they can’t win (or survive for that matter) without her.  Who knows? 


All I know is that we had a stellar candidate, we voted for her in droves, and the DNC hi-jacked the voters intent.  My mission is to make sure that NEVER happens again and to avoid the November train wreck if possible by getting them to come to their senses before it’s too late.  If we fail, we fail.  That’s no reason to not try, or to give up before we have given it our best shot.


Alice Paul and those suffragettes before her worked for 50 years before their time came to achieve their goal that got us the vote.  We are carrying on the fight that was started by the women’s rights movement in the 70’s so we are at 38 years and counting.  Had the suffragettes given up at the 38 year mark, we might not even be having this conversation.


You can bet that Hillary will serve if we stand up and prove that we will not be denied our candidate.  She has led us for many months now.  It’s time to stand up and lead ourselves.  She is not our mother, or our “messiah”.  She is our candidate.  She may or may not still be seeking the position, but if drafted she will certainly run, and if elected she will unquestionably and brilliantly serve.


The problem that we face here is that the American people have become disimpassioned about politics.  We lack the political will to fight for what we believe in anymore.  Can you imagine where we’d be if the citizens of the 13 colonies had become comfortable and content in their plantation houses and waved away those crazy lunatics up in Philadelphia who were advocating rebellion against King George because they didn’t like that they were being taxed without representation? 


And you are one of the fighters.  You have been dedicated throughout this campaign.  You cannot give up this fight because you perceive that Hillary is not acting the way you think she should.  This is not her fight now, it is our fight and if she has not taught us that, then she has not truly inspired us and the light will go out when Hillary goes away.  That is not how progress is made. 


Hillary has rekindled a flame in the hearts of people across this nation.  She is stepping back to see if it is going to flicker and die, or grow brighter and ignite a fire.  Whichever it is….is up to YOU.