In 1963, women acquired the right to vote and run for parliament.
Under the Family Protection Law, women won the right to petition for divorce and gain child custody.
A husband could no longer unilaterally divorce his wife or automatically gain custody of the children.
The marriage age for girls was raised from 13 to 18.
Men had to get the court’s permission to take a second wife.
By 1978, one year before the Islamic Revolution, 22 women sat in parliament and 333 women served on elected local councils. One-third of university students were female. Two million women were in the workforce, more than 146,000 of them in the civil service.