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This image shows Iranian women in 1979, just before the Islamic revolution

The Iranian Islamic Republic Army demonstrates in solidarity with people in the street during the Iranian revolution

The revolution On the 11 February, tanks rumbled through the streets of Tehran amid rumours of an impending military coup.

Fallen leader In January 1979, the Shah left Tehran for an "extended vacation". He was never to return.

Iranian women played a significant role in the victory of Iranian Revolution in 1979. They were also the first segment of population that, in the name of Islam and revolution, was treated with disrespect and animosity.

protesters gather inside a half-constructed building located in the Eisenhower Street -later Freedom Street, chanting, as their fellow demonstrators trod the path towards the Shahyad Square -later Freedom Square. The building gained an iconic status after the Islamic Revolution.

Tehran, Iran 2009. Protesting in a place where it is illegal to assemble, where you can be jailed or killed for speaking against your government, and beaten or raped for being a woman who commits any invented "moral" crime, means that to come into the streets in droves, unarmed, raising your voice is not simply to go to a rally around a cause--it is to risk your life.