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April 12, 2006

Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi, of Iran, third from left, Jody Williams, of the United States, second from left, and fellow pose with Mavis Leno, left, Feminist Majority board member, and Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Tuesday, April 11, 2006, in Los Angeles. Williams and Ebadi along with two other Nobel laureates will be honored by Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Tuesday evening during the Feminist Majority Foundation's gala. (AP Photo/Ric Francis) (Ric Francis - AP)

Female Nobel Laureates Launch Peace Bid
By LINDA DEUTSCH
The Associated Press
Wednesday, April 12, 2006

LOS ANGELES -- Shirin Ebadi remembers a time years ago when she was one of 100 female judges in Iran. She also recalls when the Islamic revolution changed everything.

"After the revolution, we were informed that women could not be judges anymore and women judges were demoted to administrative levels," she said in an interview Tuesday. "I became the clerk of the court in which I had been the judge. Of course, I couldn't tolerate that and I got early retirement." >>>

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