Let's takes a real hard look at Islam in general and Iran in particular concerning women's rights. When the radical Muslims took over Iran in 1979 they instituted the following:
- The country's progressive family laws were suspended,
- Disallowed female judges,
- Strongly enforced the wearing of the hijab,
- Lowered the marriage age to nine,
- Permitted polygamy,
- Gave fathers the right to decide who their daughters could marry,
- Permitted unilateral divorce for men but not for women,
- And gave fathers sole custody of children in case of divorce.
Overall, Iran's theocracy has been a disaster on multiple fronts, including women's rights. And I cannot even speak about the ghastly deaths homosexuals face in Iran daily. And yet most leftist in America fear a Christian theocratic takeover of the government; an absurdity as most Christians just want to be left alone and not have left-wing viewpoints shoved down their throats. People need to wake up and realize how dangerous Muslims really are. And if Muslims are getting bad press, it's because they are causing it themselves. Hell, Muslims cannot get along with any of their neighbors: they attack Hindus, Buddhists, Christians, and Jews in every country they share them with. And it is not a modern occurrence; look up Arab Muslims in northern Sudan attacking black Christians in southern Sudan since the 1970s for example.
In light of the serious problems Iran has started since the fall of the Shah, the U.S. has cut off all Iranian access the U.S. banking system. This is a big deal, because many transactions, like Internet traffic, have to at least pass through the U.S. banking system in order to be completed. Now it's even more difficult (time consuming and costly) for Iranians to do business overseas. Iran currently imports about $60 billion worth of goods a year (up from $21 billion in 2003).
Modern women's rights activists within Iran itself that have been killed recently and caused international furor were Haleh Sahabi and Neda Agha.
After 2,500 years of monarchy, Iran's government was changed to a theocratic republic (The Islamic Republic of Iran) and its been a disaster for women ever since.