Dame of the Day: Shirin Ebadi

Shirin Ebadi

Today’s Dame of the Day is Shirin Ebadi (June 21, 1947-).  Following the 1979 revolution, Ebadi was banned from practicing law by conservative clerics until 1993. During this period, she wrote books and articles for Iranian periodicals. Ebadi defended child abuses cases and clients who spoke out against the government. In 2003, Ebadi became the first Iranian to win the Nobel Peace Prize; however, her award was allegedly confiscated by the government. She currently lives in exile but continues to fight for human rights.

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