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The death of Mahsa Amini in police custody last year sparked protests from thousands of women and girls, who took to the streets of Iran to protest.

Mahsa, a 22-year-old Kurdish girl, was arrested for allegedly wearing the hijab “inappropriately”. But this isn’t the first time a protest of this magnitude has defied the authorities’ edict on what women should wear and how they should behave.

In 1979, what was originally supposed to be a small gathering to commemorate International Women’s Day, a date considered by the then newly appointed Supreme Leader of Iran as a Western invention, turned into a massive demonstration.

Just 24 hours earlier, the architect of the Iranian revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, had decreed that all women must wear an Islamic headscarf in the workplace.