Women in Iran: Before and after 1979 [infographic]

Before Iran’s Islamic Revolution in 1979, Iranian women were acquiring rights along with women in other parts of the world. Millions were in the workforce, including as government leaders, pilots, ambassadors and police officers. The Iranian Islamic Revolution wiped out those gains.

Top: Iranian women in business suits (© Historic Collection/Alamy Stock Photo). Bottom: Women wearing black headscarves (© Vahid Salemi/AP Images)