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.
“The dress needs to be appropriate according to the Islamic custom of hejab (veil): women are not required to be veiled in front of mahram relatives such as husband, father, son, brother, but are required to be “modest” if they are likely to be seen by na-mahram males." The distinction between private and public space often depends on a woman’s social class.
There are places that have an obvious public distinction such as markets, offices, and streets that are public to all; but when homes are considered there is a difference.
Iranian women played a significant role in the Persian Constitutional Revolution of 1905–11.
They participated in large numbers in public affairs and held important positions in journalism and in schools and associations that flourished from 1911 to 1924.
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.