10 Feb 2010 21:00
In Iran, Mitra Etemad’s father never ceased to repeat to his daughter, almost like a prayer, "Mitra, between you and your brother, there is no difference." And she believed it. Etemad, now a 40-year old woman, has learned the lesson very well. She is a force to be reckoned with in her office in Tehran where she mans the helm of a leading mining and refining company called Epic-Bik. She inspires her all-male co-workers while managing 400 employees, five mines, several factories around the country and international contracts with major oil companies throughout the world. “I wanted to prove that I could do it. Especially to my father,” Etemad says.
Mitra does not stand alone, and is one among many pioneering females in Iran, pushing societal boundaries. I met some of these women. They said that the revolution is under their veils, and they are not like how people imagine them around the world. Not one of them lives under their husbands' rules, but rather by their own idea of success.
Photos By: Linda Dorigo