Their only "distinguishing" features would be their hands and face. Today, most are lower income. These fascinating photos of Iran before reveal just how similar the country was to the Western nations that are now its enemies. Widow of jailed wildlife expert prevented from leaving Iran. The problem, though, was that most of these veils were meant to be symbolic. Perhaps Persepolis author Marjane Satrapi says it best:
However, this modernity-through-clothing obscured structural inequalities:
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Jimmy Carter meets with the Shah. You might also like. Minimum marriage age was increased, and men were only allowed to take a second wife after receiving the permission of the court and his first wife. After the revolution, the Ayatollah mandated that Iranian women--whose veil-use represented deviation from the dictates of the Shah--sport "Islamic" dress in public. The difference between you and your government is much bigger than the difference between you and me.