For thousands of Yemeni women, the 11-month-old populist uprising has never been just about ending President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s 33-year rule. It is as much about gaining long-denied basic liberties.
Activist Dalal Al Badani, 24, center, wears a pink headscarf and a nose ring at a protest in the southern city of Taiz, Yemen. Many women have discarded their veils, revealing their faces in public for the first time. Others wear headscarves with bright colors, vivid symbols of defiance. They stand up on podiums and give rousing speeches, applauded by thousands of men. They plan protest marches and strategies to thwart the regime. Sudarsan Raghavan/The Washington Post Buy Photo