Saudi Arabia Grants Women the Right to Drive

Tuesday in a royal decree signed by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Saudi Arabia announced it would allow women to drive in the kingdom.

The decree will go into effect June 24, 2018.

The decree is a positive change for women in the ultraconservative kingdom. Saudi Arabia is under Sharia Law and has Guardianship laws which forbid woman from doing simple things like leaving home or getting an ID without having permission from a man whether it be a father, husband or son.

In 1990 females drove around the capital in protest and were arrested.

Some of the arguments for not allowing women to drive include male drivers wouldn’t know how to handle a women driver in the car next to them, allowing women to drive would collapse the empire and that driving would harm women’s ovaries.

New York Times 

The Guardian

Al Jazeera

Things women still can’t do in Saudi Arabia 

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