This an interesting article that gives me some hope for the future, at least of the Middle East. I don’t have time right now to comment much but it does seem that there is a clear link between the oppression of women and of society at large. After all, a society that denies a voice to half its population cannot be said to be truly free.
I note, in passing that I recall that opportunities for the higher education for women actually increased after the revolution in Iran, perhaps because so many men were killed in the Iran-Iraq War. This, I believe has played no small part in the, so far unrealized, Green Revolution there.