Update: I will continually update this post as more news and blog stories are published. The newer stories will be at the top of the list.
Before you start reading this post, go to #iranelection on Twitter and watch how startlingly fast new tweets come in. At 3:30pm EST today (midnight in Iran), I was clocking over a thousand tweets every 60 seconds! Citizens around the world are using the social networking website to have their say, whether making declarations (We NEED to get pictures of the foreign thugs helping the Basiji. Show the world this outrage! --Megan in Tehran), sharing up-to-the-minute news stories and photos (MASSIVE Protest Shot taken in Iran --Morgan), sending statements of solidarity (Praying for the people of Iran. Peace! Freedom! End to bloodshed. --Margie in Philippines), or asking for support (Don't just congratulate yourselves for supporting Iranian freedom. Write your Congressman NOW --Katie in Tehran). This enormous community response has sent corporate news into a tizzy just trying to keep up.
So amid all of the chaos, where are the women? Well, I've taken a moment to gather a handful stories and blogs that give voice to the importance of this election to women in Iran (the number is abysmally low). Check it:
Dreyfuss and Iran's "Women Commandos"
"Women Commandos" in Iran
Women human rights defender Shadi Sadr arrested
Iranian Feminism after June 2009:A Conversation with Zillah Eisenstein
Iranian women's long struggle for their rights
Iranian Women Bring Century of Activism to Protests
30 Years of Iranian Women´s Resistance
Iran Accuses CIA of Killing Neda
The Women of Iran
Voyeurism and the News
Unveiling the Revolution
Headscarves and Hymen
A Symbol Of Women's Struggles In Iran
Role of Women In Iran Protest Kindles Hope
Iranian Women and The Uprising: Culture, Rights, and Roundhouse Kicks
The Stoning of Soraya M.
Women in Iran's protests: head scarves and rocks
What will become of Iran's "stiletto revolution" now?
Global politics of 'pretty' women bends coverage of Iran's election protesters?
Maryam Rajavi warns against execution of detainees
Iranian Actress Shohreh Aghdashloo Speaks Out Loudly about The Stoning of Soraya M.
No Matter Who Is President of Iran, They Would Stone Me
Maryam Rajavi's speech in gathering of 90,000 Iranians in Paris
Families, women in chadors join Iran's opposition
The Female Face of the Iranian Protest Movement (warning: there is a graphically violent picture with this post)
Iran's Women Revolutionaries Tehran Today June 21
Neda--A Symbol of Revolution
Feminism In Iran Is Going Strong
Iranian Women's Key Role in the Iran Election Protests
Faezeh Hashemi: Advocate Of Rights For Iranian Women
Iranian women demand equal rights
Women and the Iranian Unrest
Zahra Rahnavard takes leadership role in Iran's opposition movement
Defiance of Women of Iran Brings World Attention to Crisis
Iran's Rosa Parks
I am Not Neda
Women At Forefront Of Iranian Protests
In Iran, One Woman's Death May Have Many Consequences
Neda becomes a symbol of the protests
Neda: the New Face of Iranian Protest
Iran and the Woman Question
Women in Iran march against discrimination
Iran's women take a step forwards
Iran's Women's Revolution
The Feminist School: "Women's Movement in the Run-up to the Presidential Elections in Iran"
We Can't Turn our Backs on Iran
Lipstick Revolution: Iranian Women Take to the Streets
Iranian election could be test for women's rights
Who was really cheated in Iran's vote? Women.
Power of women in Iran's election
Iranian feminist dissident hopes protests will succeed and stay peaceful
The Changing Role of Women in Iran
Iran: Women on front line of street protests
Global Voices Online
In Iran, "Pretty" Is Sometimes The Protest
Iranian Women, Ayatollah: A Genesis of the Iranian Demonstrators
Women on Front Line of Street Protests
Women Emerge as Political Force in Iran
Iranian writer on poll result
Women Rising in Iran
Tehran Women's Peaceful Demonstrations Being Violently Suppressed
Hear the Women of Iran Roar
The government of Iran is rapidly removing stories and blogs hosted in Iran, and preventing new stories from being published by intimidating and detaining journalists and bloggers. Please leave stories and blogs in the comments that provide more insight into how the elections and aftermath are effecting women, especially ones written by Iranian women.
Photos by Faramarz, Christiane Amanpour, and Ben Curtis (AP)