Ninja Training: 3,500 Women In Iran Kick Butt, Social Mores

In the tradition of ancient Japanese warriors, thousands of Iranian woman are training to be ninjas.

According to The Atlantic, roughly 3,500 females regularly change from their traditional garb to dress the part of high-kicking, wall-climbing, metal star-throwing fighters.

This program is being hailed as part of a revolution for Muslim women in the country:

The Iranian regime's 33-year quest to make Iranian women weak and helpless, to force them into child-like subservience, has failed. Though we in the West often perceive them this way because the hijab and the chador are all we see on the surface, women in Iran are stronger collectively and more assertive individually than the Islamic Republic would have us believe.

Iranian women have earned a reputation as trailblazers. The Christian Science Monitor points out that the two first Muslim women to conquer Mount Everest were Iranians.

In 2004, a group of Iranian women started a rugby team that grew quickly to 1,000 members, The Atlantic reported.

And thousands of Iranian women are joining the cause to inch toward more liberal women's rights policy in a country where 42 percent of women are unemployed, according to The Daily Beast.