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For Iranian parachuting enthusiast Bahareh Sassani, skydiving is "a way to prove that women are just as capable as men" – a small step from a big height for women's equality in her country.That still runs against the grain of Iranian society, where women have had a lower legal status than men since the 1979 Islamic Revolution even if they have battled to stay equal in daily life.Her favorite pastime is still very much the preserve of men in Iran – made more complicated by the fact there is no parachuting club so she must do it with the army. There were a handful of women parachutists in prerevolutionary Iran: archived images published recently by the ISNA news agency showed the first four female army skydivers from 1965 .
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