Only a few days separate women in Saudi Arabia from the driver’s seat. The Kingdom is counting down to the lift of an enduring driving ban on women, and one of the most historic developments reshaping its sociocultural dynamics.
Not long after the Saudi General Department of Traffic issued the first national driver’s licenses for nine Saudi women did the news make headlines of international media, and not without reason; for many Western observers, this development is nothing
It has been nearly a year since Saudi leadership announced a momentous decree allowing Saudi women to obtain driver's licenses. And since the announcement, it has made concerted efforts to tie this decree into women's wider economic empowerment.