Iran removed illustrations of girls from the front covers of a third-grade math textbook, prompting dozens of Iranians to take to social media platforms to call out the Ministry of Education.\r\nAs schools in Iran reopened following months-long closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, Iranian parents noticed that the cover of the latest edition of a textbook was different.\r\n\r\n\r\nIn previous years, an illustration of three boys and two girls playing under a tree was sketched on the front cover. This year, however, only the three boys remained.\r\n\u201cI think I drew this in the year  for the third grade math textbook\u2026 it is unbelievable to me that they would take [someone\u2019s] drawing so easily and remove the girls!\u201d the drawing\u2019s illustrator, Nasim Bahari said in an Instagram post of an earlier version of the book alongside the latest copy.\r\nAccording to Bahari, the illustration was changed because one girl was drawn sitting on a tree while another looked as if she was reaching out to hug one of the boys.\r\n\u201cIran\u2019s Department of Education removed picture of girls from 3rd grade Math book cover! Just a reminder that Iranian Mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani who was the first women in the world that received the highest award in math! You can delete female pictures but not their success!\u201d one Twitter user said.\r\n\r\n\r\nAnother Twitter account, dedicated to reporting on Iran, wrote \u201c#Iran\u2019s Ministry of Education said the pics of girls were removed from this year\u2019s 3rd-grade math books due to \u201cartistic, aesthetic and psychological\u201d reasons and because the front cover was \u201ctoo crowded.\u201d\r\n\r\n\r\nUnder Iranian law, the rights of women are limited and so much of their freedom is dependent on whether they have their male relatives\u2019 permission. Iran has also made hijab compulsory for all women, punishing for all those who muster the courage to defy the rigid laws.