A member of the persecuted Bahá'í Faith (, Tahirih traveled throughout Persia, organizing women in towns and empowering them to reject their oppressed status. She was stoned in the streets and banished from town to town, but never relented in her struggle for the freedom of women.

At a meeting with the most notable religious scholars of her day, Tahirih publicly removed her veil as a demonstration of the freedom and equality of women. The sight of her plain face caused such horror and shock that one man slit his own throat. Others unsheathed their swords and attempted to kill her. A pioneer for women's rights, bold, and impetuous, Tahirih denounced the evils of her day, declaring...

"You can kill me as soon as you like, but you cannot stop the emancipation of women"

Tahirih was martyred for her beliefs at the age of 35 in 1852.

See Tahirih: Babi and Women's Right's Martyr: How a 19th century Persian Poetess affected the Women's Suffrage Movement
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Tahirih literally means "The Pure One". For a fuller explanation of unique life and shining character of Tahirih, see BBC's online encyclopedia at:
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