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Iranian Women Are Showing Off Their Hair As An Act Of Protest And It Is A Very Big Deal

This is a remarkably beautiful act of bravery.

This is Masih Alinejad, an Iranian journalist who is an advocate and activist for religious freedom and women's rights.

Since 1979, all women in Iran have been required to cover their hair in public.

Growing up in Iran, Masih saw her older brother as a symbol of the freedom she did not have, she says in a film published by Vox.

Today, she is constantly impressed by the diversity and freedom she sees around her, living in the United States.

Alinejad started to post photos of herself with and without her hijab on Facebook. Soon, others started to send her their own photos.

Inspired, Alinejad began the Facebook group, My Stealthy Freedom. With over 803,000 followers, the page has become a site of quiet and courageous protest.

A woman showing her hair is still a punishable crime in Iran.

Still, thousands of women and girls bravely stand up for freedom, and support each other.

Even many women who choose to cover their heads for religious reasons, support freedom of choice over the compulsory hijab.

Alinejad points out that there are also many photos of Iranian men who support the movement.

Many of the messages she receives from young Iranian women express their desire to "feel the wind through their hair. It's a simple demand."

"Iran is for all Iranians. Iran is me and my mother. My mother wants to wear a scarf. I don't want to wear a scarf. Iran should be for both of us."

Learn more about My Stealthy Freedom, and watch the entire video here:

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