TIME Women of the Year 2023, Journalist, Activist & Author
Masih Alinejad is an Iranian-American journalist and women’s rights activist who gained worldwide attention when she removed her veil, or hijab, and posted a photo on her Facebook page standing proudly with her hair blowing in the wind. From that, My Stealthy Freedom was born—her viral social media campaign against compulsory hijab that became the biggest civil disobedience movement in the history of the Islamic Republic. Today, it has almost 11 million followers. Read More >
Iranian Journalist Leading Charge Against Hijab Law
Masih Alinejad | Women of the Year
The Fight for Freedom in Modern Iran 1
The Fight for Freedom in Modern Iran 2
Masih Alinejad's Toast at the 2023 TIME Women of the Year Gala
Masih Alinejad Receives AJC Moral Courage Award
The Wind in My Hair
For Masih Alinejad, hope abounds. The Iranian-American journalist, women’s rights activist and founder of My Stealthy Freedom—her viral social media campaign against compulsory hijab that became the biggest civil disobedience movement in the history of the Islamic Republic—believes change is coming to Iran. The revolution has started, she says. In fact, what’s happening now with protests from women and men across the country is the beginning of the end of gender apartheid in Iran and Afghanistan. In this moving talk, Alinejad shares her story of growing up in a small village in Iran and her journey from “troublemaker” to activist and leader of the fight for women’s rights and overcoming adversity despite always going against the tide.
"Masih was incredible, our audience was deeply engaged in her story and learned so much about what is going on Iran right now and how they can help support the cause. Thank you so much for your help throughout this process!"
"Masih was lovely and such a passionate speaker. We had a full house!"
“Hosting Masih Alinejad as our Women’s Herstory Month keynote speaker was one of the most fantastic experiences I have had in my 24 years at Trinity College. The post-event feedback was extremely positive. Students, faculty, staff, administration and community members remarked that they came away feeling greatly impacted, and inspired to become active locally and internationally: to speak up and speak out. Masih was extremely generous with her time: she met separately with students before the main event and extended her time for questions and answers. Masih’s dynamism, empathy, fearlessness and fierce determination to address injustice engaged everyone despite the virtual program. Those who were women-identified, LGBTQIA+ , members of non-majority religious communities, students of color and from other oppressed and marginalized communities were especially moved as they felt seen and heard. We wholeheartedly recommend bringing Masih Alinejad to your campus.”
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