It was the indelible Mr. Hitchens who once quipped, “The cure for poverty has a name, in fact: it’s called the empowerment of women. If you give women some control […] and then if you’ll throw in a handful of seeds perhaps and some credit, the floor of everything in that village, not just poverty, but education, health, and optimism will increase. It doesn’t matter; try it in Bangladesh, try it in Bolivia, it works—works all the time.” I can’t help but see the equal empowerment of all people everywhere as a generally good thing towards which we should be striving. As such, news such as which is conveyed by this recent headline, “Women in Iran are pulling off their headscarves – and hoping for a ‘turning point’” as a thing I’m compelled to support. Of course women should be allowed to decide to don (or not!) their hijab on just about every square inch of this planet. I really am sorry that we must have this conversation, but let us have it frankly. Women are the equal of men are the equal of women. Yes, all women.

 

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