Women's Rights Activist and Journalist
Bestselling Author: The Wind in My Hair
Masih Alinejad is an Iranian-American journalist, TV presenter, women's rights activist, and author of the best-selling memoir, The Wind in My Hair. Today she is one of the most prominent and vocal opposition figures challenging the Islamic Republic of Iran. The New York Times has described Masih Alinejad, as "The woman whose hair frightens Iran." In 2014, she launched a campaign against compulsory hijab, called My Stealthy Freedom campaign against compulsory hijab in Iran, which became the biggest civil disobedience movement in the history of the Islamic Republic. Because of her campaigning against the gender apartheid regime in Iran, she has received a number of threats. In July 2022, a man armed with AK-47 was arrested outside her home, a year after the FBI foiled a plot by Iranian intelligence agents to abduct Alinejad to Venezuela and from there take her to Iran. Born and raised in northern Iran, Masih started her professional career as a parliamentary journalist in Tehran, where she often got into trouble for her articles on corruption and malfeasance among the lawmakers. In 2009, she was forced to leave Iran after the crackdown on protests against the disputed presidential elections. Today she has more than 11 million followers on her social media accounts and receives thousands of messages daily from inside Iran.