Happy Republic Day!

October 29th is the Republic Day in Turkey, and I would like to share a short post dedicated to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the leader who I owe being who I am today!

1421013088_992 years ago, Ataturk took the falling Ottoman Empire which was under attack, unified the people and build a modern country based on secularism and freedom. 

Few of Ataturk’s reforms:

  • Sultanate abolished. (1922)1101230324_400
  • Caliphate (Islamic leader) abolished (1924).
  • Traditional religious schools closed, Islamic Law abolished. (1924)
  • Constitution adopted (1924).
  • Veiling of women discouraged; Western clothing for men and women encouraged. (1925)
  • New civil, commercial, and penal codes based on European models adopted. (1926)
  • New civil code ended Islamic polygamy and divorce by renunciation and introduced civil marriage. (1928)
  • New Turkish alphabet (in Latin form) adopted. (1928)
  • State declared secular. (1928)
  • Constitutional provision establishing Islam as official religion deleted. (1928)
  • Women given the vote and the right to hold office. (1934)
Ataturk and the modern women of the Turkish Republic
Ataturk and the modern women of the Turkish Republic
Here is a picture of my own family from 1930’s, first years of the Turkish Republic


For the last 13 years, Turkish Republic has been under attack from the government that we have in power right now!

As citizens, raised with Ataturk’s principles, we have been struggling to protect our freedom. (If you want to know more you can read about the Gezi Protests)

Next week, on November 1st, we will have “early elections”. I hope everyone remembers while voting that their freedom in the country was granted by Ataturk and his principles.


I’ll end my post with a quote from Bill Clinton:

“Shakespeare wrote, Einstein thought, Ataturk built.”

Happy Turkish Republic Day!

P.S I know we didn’t have to write a blog this week, but it’s such a crucial time for my country that I wanted to share my thoughts.


7 Comments Add yours

  1. sarahhjorthol says:

    Very interesting reading! Full rights to women in Norway were given only a few years before Turkey, considering the differences between those two countries.

    1. Can Altuglu says:

      Yes, Turkey was one of the first few countries to give women full rights! Glad that you enjoyed the post!

  2. Kewen Chen says:

    It is interesting for me to learn about this republic day 🙂

    1. Can Altuglu says:

      Happy that it was informative for you!

  3. Teresa says:

    From the post, we know that you love your country so much.

    1. Can Altuglu says:

      I don’t love the current state in my country but I’m proud of the accomplishments we had in the past, and very few people now the reality. That’s why I wanted to share with you guys 🙂

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