Glass Ceilings

Woman to Join Iranian Cabinet

Iranian MPs have approved the first woman minister in the 30-year history of the Islamic republic, but the move is not necessarily as progressive as it looks. Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi, who will become health minister in President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's cabinet, is a hard-line conservative who in the past has proposed introducing segregated health care in Iran, with only women treating women and only men treating men. Two other women were nominated for Ahmadinejad's cabinet, but they were both blocked by MP's.