Throughout the years, history has seen fierce, leading, powerful and sometimes troublemaker women who were pioneers for women’s right, equality, science, mathematics, aviation and literature. It does not matter if these women are inventors, astronauts, leaders, politicians or just a stay at home wife who made history. 

In this constantly changing/progressing world, women are striving more than ever to become pioneers, inspiring this generation and next, to fight for their rights and never give up.

Here we name only 5 out of thousands Pioneer Iranian women of this decade who have broken the rules, crossed social and economical barriers and became a role model for the global village.

Anousheh Ansari 
Anoosheh Ansari, TEDxTehran

Anousheh Ansari – Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Hubert Burda Media

“ If people can see Earth from up here, see it without those borders, see it without any differences in race or religion, they would have a completely different perspective. Because when you see it from that angle, you cannot think of your home or your country. All you can see is one Earth… “

 Anousheh Ansari is an Iranian engineer co-founder and chairwoman of Prodea Systems; Now that is what you find when you search her name on Wikipedia.

The truth is she is a fierce woman who despite of all the gender inequalities rose to get her childhood dream. She is the Fourth overall self-funded space tourist and the first self -funded woman who has flown to International space station.

She did it!



Emily Esfahani Smith
Emily Esfahani Smith

Emily Esfahani Smith

“Happiness comes and goes. But when life is really good and when things are really bad, having meaning gives you something to hold on to.”

Emily Esfahani Smith is a journalist and author who tells us in her research that meaning is far more fulfilling than the pursuit of personal happiness.

She is one of the millions of pioneer contemporary women who wants to tell us the first knowledge of life, it’s meaning of life. She introduces us to the four main pillars of a meaningful life: Belonging, purpose, transcendence, storytelling.

Having a meaning in our life is the more fulfilling path than being happy. We should find our Belonging, purpose, transcendence and the story of our lives.


Yasmin Green
Yasmin Green

Yasmin Green

“If we ever thought we could build technology insulated from the dark side of humanity, we were wrong. If technology has any hope of overcoming today’s challenges, we must throw our entire selves into understanding these issues and create solutions that are as human as the problems they aim to solve.”

Yasmin Green is the director of research and development for Jigsaw, focused on solving global security challenges through tech tools to make the world safer, both on and offline. In 2016 she was named one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business” and in 2017, one of Fortune’s “40 Under 40” most influential young leaders.

We need to combine human insight with innovation. Let’s make that happen.


Asieh Hatami
Asieh Hatami

Asieh Hatami

“The most important goal for the first twenty years of a person’s life is to study, but after graduating from university, when he enters the job market, he does not get good feedback from his managers.”

Asieh Hatami, a polymer graduate of Tehran Polytechnic University and the founder and CEO of Iran Talent, says her experiences at TedxTehran.

“There is a misconception about training and we should look for supplements that complete the training process,” said Asieh Hatami, referring to her years of experience in recruiting specialists.

According to Hatami, internships and empirical knowledge are very helpful in learning skills, and learning from people along with learning from books helps us a lot in dealing with issues involved in the profession.


Saideh Ghods
Saideh Ghods

Saideh Ghods

“Today in the homeland, no child with cancer will die of poverty….”This is Saeideh Ghods. Iranian born philanthropist and author of Kimia Khatoon, who has been working to improve the access and standards of cancer treatment in Iran. Her inspiration was her 2 year old daughter’s affliction with this disease.

She is the founder of MAHAK charity. The benchmark activity is charitable work in the fields of medicine, research, prevention, treatment, services, health, hospital, welfare, and solely to support children with cancer.

By the end of 1397 (March 2019) , Mahak had been able to provide comprehensive support to more than 32,000 children with cancer and their families with the help of the public.

Pioneer and fierce women are not meant to be limited to only 5; there are in fact millions of inspiring women around the globe who have been inspiring their surroundings with their wisdom and knowledge of the universe. 

We will be coming back to introduce more fierce and powerful women. 

You can contact us via email to let us know powerful, inspiring women you know of.


Written by: Mina Haselian, Sepideh Lashkari, Niusha Tadrisi, Mona Eslami Baladeh, Asal Ghamari

Edited and Published by: Asal Ghamari

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