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They smuggled ammunition to the rebels. They treated the wounded and were wounded themselves.

They rose up against the tanks, tear gas and water cannons, and were beaten for protesting in Tahrir Square, Freedom Square and on the streets of Libya and Tunisia. In Syria this week, the wedding-dress clad “Brides of Peace” were thrown in jail for staging a march.

The women of the Arab Spring have fought hard alongside their husbands, brothers, sons and fathers as dictators such as Muammar Gaddafi, Hosni Mubarak, Ali Abdullah Saleh and Zine El Abidine Ben Ali were overthrown; victories were celebrated, new flags were flown.

But the sisters of the Arab Spring are still waiting on their revolution — still taking to the streets, still standing up in legislatures, still banding together in their communities — waiting, pushing and hoping they, too, will emerge freer than ever.

With three Arab Spring…

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