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spring 2003
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The Feminist To-Do List by Gloria Steinem
Ms. Poll Feminist Tide Sweeps In as the 21st Century Begins by Lorraine Dusky
Affirmative Action on Trial by Teresa Stern
Women on Death Row by Claudia Dreifus
In the Thick of Life at 70 by Jessica Chornesky

Special Action Alert
Women Take Action Worldwide
Listing: Coalitions and Groups
National Council of Women's Organizations Statement on War with Iraq
NCWO Partial Members List
Why Peace is (More Than Ever) a Feminist Issue
by Grace Paley

Writing of War and Its Consequences
Ghosts of Home by Patricia Sarrafian Ward
Tales from an Ordinary Iranian Girlhood by Marjane Satrapi
Snow in Summer: LA, CA, 1963 by Helen Zelon

Pat Summitt's 800th Victory
Augusta Golf Club's Red Face
National Map of Priest Abuse
Women Warriors
Lesbians with Strollers
Kopp Trial
Trouble in Herat, Afghanistan
Reproductive Rights in Poland
Health Clinics in Guatemala
Congolese Women for Peace
Global Good News Round-Up
The Opposite of a Nuclear Bomb

Lower Breast Cancer Risks by Liz Galst
The Making of an Activist by Gloria Feldt
Nature Conservancy Gains by Rachel Rabkin
Harvard Stumbles on Rape Rules by Lorraine Dusky
The Bush Overhaul of Federal Courts by Stephanie B. Goldberg
My Friend Yeshi by Alice Walker

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Tales from an Ordinary Iranian Girlhood
by Marjane Satrapi

Photo by Aslan Arfae

When Marjane Satrapi started working at l'Atelier des Vosges, home to many of France's celebrated new wave comic book artists, she would regale her fellow artists with amazing stories of her family-- stories of dethroned emperors, suicidal uncles, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution-- in short, the details of daily life in contemporary Iran. In listening to her stories, her colleagues kept asking what she was waiting for to put her life down in a comic book. So she did. Persepolis tells the story of Marjane's growing up in Iran in the 1970s and '80s, of living through the Islamic Revolution and the war with Iraq.It is the story of a

childhood, a childhood at once outrageous and ordinary--beset by the unthinkable, but buffered by an extraordinary and loving family. We pick up the narrative in November 1973 as Marjane, her mother and her father get ready for dinner...

Get excerpts from Satrapi's graphic novel Persepolis in the March 2003 issue of Ms.


Persepolis in the News

Growing Up Graphic (Women’s Review of Books 6/2003)

Tempering Rage by Drawing Comics
(NY Times 5/21/03)

'Persepolis': A Graphic Novel Recalls the Iranian Revolution (NY Times Book Review 5/11/03)

Veil of Tears (Village Voice 5/2/03)


Marjane Satrapi, author of Persepolis, excerpted on page 87, was born in 1969 in Rasht, on the edge of the Caspian Sea. Part Azerbaijani, part Turkmen, part Muslim, part Zoroastrian-Iranian, in other words-- she grew up in Tehran, where she studied at the Lycee Francais before leaving for Vienna and, later, Strasbourg to study decorative arts. In 1994, she moved to Paris, where she joined l'Atelier des Vosges, home to many of France's celebrated new wave comic book artists. Persepolis, the storyof her childhood in Iran, has been translated into German, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian as well as English. Satrapi is at work on the sequel to Persepolis and contributes illustrations to newspapers and magazines. Persepolis is the Greek name of the capital of the ancient Persian Empire.

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