Last month, women in Iran took to the streets of the capital, Tehran, in protest over the right to choose whether to wear the hijab.
Some women have publicly removed their headscarves in defiance of Iran’s strict Islamic dress code. The ongoing protests have been called “White Wednesdays.” While women defied secret police and security forces, they sang and played protest songs, mostly from Iran’s music underground.
Nahid Siamdoust is a postdoctoral associate at Yale University’s Iranian Studies program. She’s author of the book, Soundtrack of the Revolution: The Politics of Music in Iran. Siamdoust discussed the revolutionary spirit of Iranian women and played some of the tracks that have inspired resistance in Iran since the Islamic Revolution. Her podcast on the topic is 10 Songs That Define Modern Iran.