The Afghanistan Before Taliban: Where Women Could Wear Short Skirts, Go To Schools And Roam Around Freely With Men

What comes to your mind when you think of Afghanistan? Well, definitely not women wearing whatever they want to wear, going to co-ed colleges and mixing freely with men. While under the Taliban rule, women are forbidden to attend schools and colleges and beaten publicly when they failed to obey, life for them was much different in the 60s when the country was not ruled by the Islamic movement.

A series of fascinating vintage pictures show how the women of Afghanistan lived freely in the past, without any fear vs the repressed life they are living now.

Women were free to wear whatever they wanted. Their clothing was much inspired from the west.

Women were given equality in the society and could also receive higher education unlike today.

They were given the right to vote back in the 1920s and were granted equality in he Afghan Constitution in the 60s.

Back then 70% of school teachers, 50% of government workers and 40% of doctors in Kabul were women.

The Afghan fashion was also featured on the covers of magazines like Vogue many times in the past.

The great past of the country makes the current situation of the country appear more pitiful.

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