Iranian woman skydiver looks to break down stereotypes


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.

The 35-year-old accountant has been skydiving less than two years but already has more than 220 jumps under her belt.

“I encourage all women to try this experience. It gives you the feeling you can do whatever you want. Women should not be excluded from anything,” she said.

Bex 2bSassani — one of just a handful of female skydivers in her deeply conservative homeland — refuses to describe herself as a “feminist.”

But her motto is firmly “there is no difference between men and women and a woman can do anything she wants and…

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