The Pahlavi Family
Iran, commonly known as Persia in the Western world, is home to the world’s oldest civilization.
Throughout the Persian history, women contributed a significant role in each era.
The ancient Persia shows the great participation by women in all facets of life. Many cities and states of the ancient Persian Empire were ruled by them and also had their army completely under the control of women commanders. Persian women owned properties, were involved in managing their assets and participated in economic activities of the estate and other economic units. They had employment opportunities earned wages and as a result were able to be economically independent.
Yasmine Etemad-Amini was born in Pars Hospital in Tehran, Iran, on July 26, 1968. She attended the private Tehran Community School in Tehran until the rising tensions during the Iranian Revolution in the late 1970s forced her family to leave Iran permanently. They settled in the San Francisco Bay area in California, where she attended and matriculated Notre Dame High School.
In 1986, Yasmine met and married Prince Reza Pahlavi, the crown prince to the throne of Iran. The couple and their three daughters Princesses Noor, Iman, and Farah live in the United States. Joining a royal family did not change Princess Yasmine’s personal goals. She completed her B.A. in political science as well as a law degree both from The George Washington University while caring for her young family. Princess Yasmine has been a familiar face at demonstrations in standing with fellow Iranians in exile showing their solidarity with the Iranian people’s desires for freedom and democracy.
Iranian poet Sa’adi, from the 13th century, is one of the major influential Persian poets of the medieval period. Sa’adi is best known for his works ‘Gulistan’ and ‘Busan’, poetry which emphasized a unity in mankind, an interdependence regardless of social barriers and labels.
Sa’adi Poetry “Bani Adam” Inscribed On United Nations Building Entrance
The sons of Adam are limbs of each other,
Having been created of one essence.
When the calamity of time affects one limb,
The other limbs cannot remain at rest.
If you have no sympathy for the troubles of others,
You are unworthy to be called by the name of a Human.