In an age when the President of the United States is making headlines for “rating” famous women on their hotness, it can often feel like global progress is at a standstill. In fact, it can feel like progress is declining at a demoralisingly rapid rate.
That’s why this morning’s news from Saudi Arabia comes at such a critical time. The middle eastern kingdom, well known for its controversial government and policy framework, has opted to lift an archaic ban on women being able to drive.
Up until this point, women in Saudi Arabia caught driving, could legally be arrested, fined and in some cases, imprisoned. One woman in 2011, Shaima Jastaina, was even subjected to 10 lashes as punishment for defying the law.