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Iranian President praises first female Field Medal Winner


The Iranian president's surprising tweet
By Sam Judah
Posted: 15/Aug/2014

The president of Iran has broken new ground by tweeting a photo of a female mathematician without a hijab. His decision prompted a powerful reaction on social media.

The mathematician in question - Maryam Mirzakhani - is Iranian, and recently became the first woman to win the Fields Medal for her pioneering work in the field. President Rouhani tweeted a message expressing his delight at the news.

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