With Ahmadinejad now selecting his cabinet, some fear this summer's protests in Iran were a failure. But according to an anonymous Iranian journalist writing in The New Yorker, they've had a big effect on the country's women.
The journalist writes that for the first time in Iranian history, women had a large and visible presence in this year's public demonstrations. Like men, they have been victims of violence. The author mentions the death of Neda Agha-Soltan, and also interviews a less famous victim — a woman named Negin who was beaten so badly while protesting the results of the recent election that she walked with a limp and her legs were swollen and blue. She tells the author that she stood still when the policed approached her, hoping they would pass her by. Then, she says,