AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR, SPEAKER, COLUMNIST, TRANSLATOR, CPA
Jacqueline Saper was born in Tehran to Iranian and British parents. Named after Jacqueline Kennedy, she has been a bridge between the East and the West since birth. At eighteen, she witnessed the 1979 Iranian Revolution's civil unrest and continued to live in the Islamic Republic during its most volatile times. She is well known for her memoir, From Miniskirt to Hijab, published by Potomac Books of the University of Nebraska Press. Saper recounts her privileged childhood in prerevolutionary Iran and how she gradually became aware of her life and community paradoxes. Then, almost overnight, she went from a life of wearing miniskirts to high school parties to listening to fanatic diatribes, being forced to wear the hijab, and hiding in her basement as Iraqi bombs fell over her city. She eventually fled to the United States in 1987.