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More Iranian Women Attend Universities

The number of Iranian women attending a university has risen substantially in the past two years. Between 1990 to 2000, the number of women entering universities tripled, and women students outnumber men in disciplines such as medicine and social sciences. Despite these changes, women only constitute 14 percent of the labor force and are overrepresented in the unemployment rolls by a factor of 2 to 1, according to a recent United Nations report on human development in Iran. The universities, which ban visitors and music for women and closely monitor dress and reading materials, continue to impose strict restrictions on the women’s lives.

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New York Times - 22 July 2000