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The Life and Times of the Shah$
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Gholam RezaAfkhami

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520253285

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520253285.001.0001

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Development and Dreams

Development and Dreams

(p.317) 14 Development and Dreams
The Life and Times of the Shah

Gholam R. Afkhami

University of California Press

By the early 1960s, it was clear to the shah that his development vision could not be realized with the older men who in the past had managed the country's economy and finances. On 20 February 1963, Amir Asadollah Alam announced the government's program as intended to implement the shah's six principles that had just been approved in the referendum. The opening of the economic congress fell on 27 February, which had been declared International Women's Day. The shah used the occasion to speak about the future of women in Iran, their right to vote and to be elected to office, and their role as citizens and mothers. To bring the women's issue up in an economic congress was meant to assure the nation that he was serious and his program was there to stay. It worked. Women marched before his palace in droves to thank him for his support.

Keywords:   shah, Amir Asadollah Alam, women's rights, Iran, International Women's Day

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