Today is a powerful and memorable day for women in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Monarch officially granted women the opportunity to not only vote, but the ability run in future municipal elections, beginning in 2015. Saudi King Abullah made the announcement, after months of debate.
While this is a step in the right direction for equality, they still have a long way to go. Not only are men and women required to abide by strict separation rules, women are still not allowed to drive. They also have very few rights in making basic decisions and need a male family members approval to move forward.
Women in Saudi Arabia have fought for more rights over the past twenty years, so this is truly an accomplishment. But it’s amazing how far behind they are compared to the rights of American women and it makes us appreciate our privileges that much more.
It seems as though the year 2015 is decades away to me, but for the women of Saudi Arabia it must bring them hope that change is coming. Good for them…it took long enough!