As a woman raised in Iran reading this book was very hard and constantly brought back painful memories. I had to get up and take walks or drink water at points while reading this book simply because flashbacks were too painful. I don't think a typical Canadian woman knows how close to reality this book is and will dismiss it as a purely dystopian fiction.
I recommend reading this book to any woman and I will tell them that a variation of events that happens in this book could very easily become reality one day. It happened in my home country; one day women had the right to choose their outfit and engage in any social activity that men participated. Three months later all of that freedom was gone and the ruling regime's ideal role for women was to be buried at homes never to come out and just produce and raise kids and satisfy men!