Membership
Get unlimited digital access. Try it today for only $0.99.
Topics

Civil and Human Rights

Saudi Arabia should end male guardianship and let women drive

Saudi Arabia should end male guardianship and let women drive

When the rulers of Saudi Arabia allowed women to run for municipal offices and vote in the elections last weekend, the desert kingdom took a small but historic step into the era of gender equality, catching up to its Middle Eastern neighbors who had already given women the right to vote and losing the distinction of being the only country on Earth where men hold the franchise exclusively.

Still, this is the most nascent of reform movements. After all, women arrived, swathed head to toe in abayas and hijabs, at gender-segregated polling places, and left in cars necessarily chauffeured by men. There's no question that giving women the right to run for office and vote is symbolically...

Loading
76°