A Conversation with Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh: Iranian Women’s Leadership, Cyber Resistance, and Democracy


Zanan TV

16 January 2014


A Conversation with Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh

In this video, an Iranian activist and Zanan TV founder, mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh discusses her life and work with Savitri Bisnath, Associate Director of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University, in a conversation moderated by Alison R. Bernstein, Director of the Institute for Women’s Leadership at Rutgers.

Abbasgholizadeh shares about her upbringing in Iran, her path to becoming an Islamic revolutionary, and her eventual and decided departure from the revolutionary cause. Expounding on her decision to become the secular feminist she is today, she provides insight into how the state of women’s rights in Iran changed over the course of the Islamic Revolution. She describes the efforts Iranian women activists like her mounted to affect change and the obstacles they faced in doing so. She also discusses her pervasive use of social media and the Internet and explains why these spheres of communication are so important to Iranian women activists today.

This conversation was part of the “Dialogues with the Institute for Women’s Leadership Director Series,” which is sponsored by the IWL and seeks to engage innovative thinkers and accomplished leaders from all arenas in informal conversations about their work for social change. Launched in 2011 by Professor Bernstein, the Dialogues Series examines emerging trends for women in leadership, explores issues of social justice, and initiates new areas of interest for the IWL consortium.