Women can apply for a post in the “administration of education” department, but not in “public administration”.A woman can be accepted by the “medical administration” section, yet only men are entrusted with “IT management”.How will the story stack up against the greatest films about business?
The system is not necessarily finished with a woman even after she dies.
If death should come in the form of a tragic accident, then her family will receive only half the legal compensation that would be due for the loss of a man. Unlike in Saudi Arabia, Iranian women are allowed to drive and to move with relative freedom.
As in higher education, however, certain roles are closed to them.
Over the summer, the Iranian Central Bank advertised various positions intended for university graduates.
President Hassan Rouhani has made an important gesture by appointing a handful of female ministers: the most senior, Masoumeh Ebtekar, serves as one of Iran’s 12 vice-presidents.
But every time a woman has tried to run for president, she has always been turned down by the Guardian Council, a powerful committee of old men which vets all candidates for public office.
Partly, it is down to where you happen to live: in affluent north Tehran, women tend to push back their “rusaris” to reveal an abundance of hair.
Their "manteaus" are multi-coloured and stylishly nipped in at the waist.
In general terms, the trend has been towards imposing more restrictions and increasing the number of subjects that are closed to women, although the practise varies from one university to the next.
Meanwhile, women who venture outdoors must wear a headscarf, known as the “rusari”, and a long overcoat, known as the “manteau”; alternatively, they can wear a black cloak known as the “chador”.
This erratic approach extends into the world of politics.