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Iranian Princess, Early Fighter for Women’s Rights, Dies

March 22, 1990

PARIS (AP) _ Iranian Princess Safiyeh Firouz, an activist for women’s rights in her country under the Pahlavi dynasty, died this week and was buried Thursday, family members said. She was 87.

The princess, widow of Prince Mohammad Hussein Mirza Firouz of the Qajar dynasty, died after being hospitalized Monday night with heart trouble, a family member said.

She was interred outside the French capital, where she had lived in exile since the 1979 Iranian revolution.

Princess Firouz fought in the 1940s for the right to vote for Iranian women, at one point leading a march on the Majlis, the Iranian Parliament. Opposed to wearing the veil, she established the Council of Women in Iran in 1943.

The princess’ husband, a general, was the grandson of Qajar King Muzaffar ud-Din Shah. The dynasty was overthrown in 1925 by Reza Shah, father of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and founder of the Pahlavi dynasty. The dynasty was toppled by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1979.

Prince Mirza Firouz died in 1983.

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