Last week, the Saudi government issued a royal decree allowing Saudi women to drive. Saudi Arabia is the last country to ban women from driving, and this law will mark the first time in its history that women will have this right.
The law was rightly heralded as a great moment for the country and the women who live there. The refusal to allow women to drive was seen as a symbol of the country’s oppression of women. It caused hardship, forcing women to spend money on drivers, or rely on male relatives. It kept many women out of jobs because they lacked reliable transportation.