RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi women are in the driver’s seat for the first time in their country and steering their way through busy streets just minutes after the world’s last remaining ban on women driving was lifted.
It’s a euphoric and historic moment for women who have had to rely on their husbands, fathers, brothers and drivers to run basic errands, go to work and move around.
For nearly three decades, Saudi women and the men who support them have been calling for women’s right to drive, facing arrest if they tried to defy the ban as women in other Muslim countries drove freely.
After midnight Sunday, Saudi women finally joined women around the world in being able to get behind the wheel of a car and simply drive.
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