A woman that does not have a reception room in her house would have to rush to get properly dressed before her husband would answer the door.
If a woman is by herself or just in the company of other women in the home, the door would not be answered because na-mahram men and women would not have business together.
Dramatic changes in the labor force might not have been possible if Khomeini had not broken the barriers to women entering into the public sphere unchaperoned.
Women were also more likely to pursue higher education, a product of the free education and the literacy campaigns.
The chador is a highly modest, usually black or dark outfit that covers the top of a woman’s head and loosely covers her body to her feet.
The roopoosh or manteau is a long top similar to a trench coat.
Today, more women than men are pursuing higher education in Iran even though the Islamic Republic tries to limit women to domains exclusive to women.
For example, the government has set quotas for female pediatricians and gynecologists and has made it difficult for women to become civil engineers.
Because the first Pahlavi Shah banned the use of the hijab, many women decided to show their favor for Ayatollah Khomeini, by wearing a chador, thinking that this would be the best way to show their support without having to be vocal.
Many women that did not previously choose to wear the chador (before the banning of the hijab) only wore this highly modest garb to show their high levels of support for the Ayatollah and aversion to the Shah.
Not with-standing this, in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini severely curtailed rights that women had become accustomed to under The Shah.