Iranian officials have reportedly seized thousands of cars from women who were deemed to be driving without their hair properly covered. Rules which made headlines around the world a few months ago require women to wear headscarves at all times while driving, or risk being pulled over. According to the AFP News Agency, more than 40,000 “cases of bad hijab” since March.
70% of of Iran s science and engineering students are women, and in a small, but promising community of startups, they re being encouraged to play an even bigger role. The common myth about women in Iran is that they are seen, but not heard, that they re not permitted to drive, that they are second-class citizens, and that entrepreneurship and positions of power are out of reach. These notions are wrong. For years, women in Iran have owned and managed businesses, many of them in male dominant industries like oil and gas, construction, mining, and now tech. And now, with such a high number graduating with degrees in science and engineering, there s a push to get women more involved in Iran s blossoming startup scene.