It's the residual effect of Reza Khan's great leadership.
Everything good in Iran is thanks to the Shah's father. These akhoonds just try to take credit for their achievements.
Well, this doesn't change anything about his link to Britain. And how he stole so much lands in northern Iran, And how he Wasted Iranian money to build that railroad which was just to make British access to northern Iran easier. Not to link strategic cities together.
But yes , Unlike what Akhunds say, he modernized the country, and started a wave of reforms which we are seeing their results now in Islamic Republic. But all of these don't make an excuse for his dictatorship and being a puppet of UK.
And for you to know about Iranian women before Islam, Just know some facts that I'm sure you didn't know them:
1:They wore hejab!!!!!! yes. Most of historians believe that "Chador" which serves as an Islamic dress now, was once a Zoroastrian dress for women.
2:Although they wore Hejabs, They ad much more rights than Iranian women had and have after Islam. There are many sources that say there were "Women Warriors" and even "High ranking Officers" in Iranian Army Before Islam in some of the periods.
3:There were some women who commanded male workers during the construction of Persepolis's palace. All of them got high salaries and they had a one year "Morkhasi Zayeman" (Someone with better english please help translating this one) with salary.
4:The only Iranian Female leader was Pourandokht which was a Sassanid Queen Who rose to power after the death of his husband.