For Iranian Women, Soccer and Freedom Are Bound Together

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Shima Oliaee poses for a portrait. (Image courtesy of 30 for 30 podcasts)

Soccer can unite a country, but in Iran women cannot even enter the national stadium. For decades they’ve been banned from attending games, and by extension, says podcast host Shima Oliaee, they’ve been banned from standing side by side as equal Iranians. We talk to Oliaee about her new podcast “Pink Card,” all about the women who’ve fought to take their stadiums back and the profound connections between soccer, feminism and freedom.


Shima Oliaee, host and creator, the podcasts "Pink Card," "Dolly Parton’s America," and "The Vanishing of Harry Pace"