In an interesting turn of events, it seems that Michelle Obama’s work has inspired someone unexpected to write a book of their own. Jamileh Alamolhoda, the wife of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, has revealed that she has been asked to write a “rebuttal” to Obama’s book, “The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times.” Now, I don’t think this is the kind of credit that Mrs. Obama was hoping for.
These women in #Iran’s northern city of Sari are dancing and burning their headscarves… anti-regime protests have now spread to dozens of cities from north to south, east to west… all triggered by the death of #MahsaAmini while in the custody of Iran’s morality police. pic.twitter.com/BBDvgC5L1w
— Rana Rahimpour (@ranarahimpour) September 20, 2022
It’s worth noting the stark contrast between Mrs. Obama’s message of empowerment and Alamolhoda’s decidedly different values. Last year, when female-led demonstrations erupted in Iran over laws mandating the head-covering for women, Mrs. Obama quickly showed her support. She took to Twitter and expressed her solidarity with the courageous women of Iran, commending their protests.
Today, I'm proud to stand with so many around the world in solidarity with the courageous women and girls in Iran. Your protests have inspired us. pic.twitter.com/KkWRlCWReF
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) October 30, 2022
However, Alamolhoda, on the other hand, takes a very different stance. In an interview with Newsweek, she criticized the feminist movement, claiming it is “inclined toward violence.” She argued that women in Iran prefer tranquility over the feminist approach, asserting that Iranian women have not fought for their rights because they already enjoy their rights due to the preservation of their dignity by men.
While Mrs. Obama continues to champion the cause of women’s empowerment, it seems that Alamolhoda has a starkly different perspective. This stark contrast highlights the cultural and ideological divides between the two women and their respective countries.