Jamileh Kharrazi

Women in the Arts


Long Underrepresented in Politics, Women in the Arts Have Been Revered for Centuries

This week, over 120,000 protesters took to the streets of New York City. They were advocating for women’s political, economic, and social rights. The New York Times reported on the Women’s March, which took place on the anniversary of U.S. President Donald Trump’s inauguration. There was a female-led protest on that day as well.

The protesters did not just focus on the challenges facing women today. Rather, they offered possible solutions. Specifically, they encouraged more women to run for office. This is important because women been under-represented in politics throughout history. Much of this is due to systematic discrimination.

When one pathway is blocked for us, sometimes our only option is to find another. This is just what many female leaders have done over time. Women in the arts, for example, have made history for equal rights across the globe.


Women in the Arts Have Long Been Influential Leaders

Despite historical oppression, women have found ways to participate in society meaningfully. When political and economic systems shut them out, female leaders often turned to the arts. For example, Artemisia Gentileschi, earned great respect as a painter in the Italian Baroque period. Although few women found leadership opportunities in Europe circa 1600, Artemisia achieved great professional respect.

There have been scores of influential female artists since Artemisia’s early groundbreaking career. Lady Jamileh Kharrazi is among these female leaders in the arts. She rose to the highest levels of achievement in ballet and musical performance. Now, she serves as a mentor and philanthropist supporting arts education and performance worldwide.

Lady Jamileh has done a great deal to build understanding between Eastern and Western cultures through the arts. Through the Toos Foundation, she supported performances of the New Iranian National Ballet.

This particular project focused on the importance of dance in Persian history in a way that is relatable to an English-speaking audience. By serving as a mentor and leader, Lady Jamileh is continuing the proud female tradition of creating new social pathways through the arts.

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