On June 17th, Saudi Arabia ended the world’s only ban on female drivers.
According to the Huffington Post: “Women were seen behind the wheels of cars and astride motorcycles — driving on the country’s streets for the first time in decades… Pedestrians cheered as women motorists drove by, and male drivers shouted words of support and offered thumbs-ups through car windows. Photos shared on social media showed Saudi police officers giving out flower bouquets and cards with words of encouragement emblazoned on them to women drivers.”
“I always knew this day would come. But it came fast. I feel free like a bird,” says Samar Almogren, a local talk show host, as she drove across the capital Riyadh. “I feel happy, relieved, I feel like I’m free,” says an oncologist in Jeddah as she drove her husband and children around the city.
According to CNN: “The move comes as part of a series of sweeping social and economic reforms known as Vision 2030. Initiated over the past two years, the reforms have been spearheaded by Saudi Arabia’s 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.”