Last Tuesday night, King Salman of Saudi Arabia ordered the reform in a royal decree, requesting that drivers’ licenses be issued to women who wanted them. This move was seen as a great step in the right direction.
Known as a country strictly demarcated gender roles and severely limits the role of women in public life, Saudi Arabia has undergone an unprecedented change. Saudi Arabia had been the last country in the world in which women were banned from driving. A woman who was once imprisoned for driving commented to this announcement, “Today the last country on earth to allow women to drive finally made a change…we did it.”