Iranian women were questioned at the United Nations Conference on Women in Copenhagen on Wednesday (16 July) on the issues of restrictive dress laws and the holding of American hostages in Teheran.
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ABZUG: "Why is it that the physical appearance of women, the form and shape of women, is so much more interesting than that of men? I do not notice the Iranian men wearing any sort of modest dress, as you put it."
IRANIAN DELEGATE: "We don't agree with you. We don't feel that men are exploited because of their sex. but women are. You don't see men trying to sell automobiles and refrigerators and showing their legs and so forth and so on. They're used for cigarette advertising but they're used for certain products that women are used for in certain clothes, in certain dress. And the men in the same way that they ask the women, particularly the government employees. It became part of the law that if you wanted to work for the government employees. It became part of the law of the government as your employer. One is you have to come to work at a certain time. The other is you only have so many days' holiday. And among these is the women wear the modest dress when they come to work. And men have been asked the same. They've been asked to wear the proper dress when they come to work."
ABZUG: "We can't control the Shah but we can certainly make representations that we feel there should be peaceful solutions. We have done that and we would do it again if you would try to get the release of our sons and our fathers and our husbands."
IRANIAN DELEGATE: "If the mothers of America start moving you can get your fifty hostages back."
ABZUG: "Well if we have a march in Washington would you have simultaneous march in Teheran for the hostages. A mothers's march in Teheran and a mothers' march in Washington." (APPLAUSE)
IRANIAN DELEGATE: "Well if you start marching and making your government, O.K., to give the Shah back with his money, I myself will march in Iran."
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Background: Iranian women were questioned at the United Nations Conference on Women in Copenhagen on Wednesday (16 July) on the issues of restrictive dress laws and the holding of American hostages in Teheran. American politician, Bella Abzug, asked the Iranian delegates if they considered their country's dress law discriminatory.