Iran Polishing Her Dreams

Iranian car detailer Maryam Roohani polishes a car at a detailing shop in Tehran, Iran, April 18, 2021. Roohani has battled skeptics and stereotypes to live out her dream of working as a professional detailer. The auto industry remains male-dominated around the world, let alone in the tradition-bound Islamic Republic. Still Iranian women, especially in the cities, have made inroads over the years. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

TEHRAN, Iran — It's a men's-only club in the tangle of auto repair shops on the traffic-clogged streets of Iran's capital, Tehran. Among them, workers toil in dim garages, welding and wrenching, fabricating and painting.

That's until Maryam Roohani, 34, pops up from under a car's hood at a maintenance shop in northeastern Tehran, her dirt- and grease-stained uniform pulled over black jeans and long hair tucked into a baseball cap — which in her work, replaces Iran's compulsory Islamic headscarf for women, or hijab.

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