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Saudi women warned against driving before ban is lifted
Saudi women warned against driving before ban is lifted

Nearly a decade and a half ago, Queen Elizabeth II took the late Saudi King Abdullah for a spin in her royal Land Rover. Just this week, Riyadh police issued a warning to all women in Saudi Arabia that they cannot yet legally drive, despite royal decree just last month that the long-standing ban on...Read More»

Illustration for the #Women2Drive campaign in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia to let women drive

Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday that, beginning next summer, it will undo a longstanding ban that had prevented women from driving cars. A decree issued by Saudi Arabia's King Salman was announced simultaneously on state-run television in Saudi Arabia and at a media event in Washington, D.C., The...Read More»

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Our renewed love for SUVs is all part of OPEC's cheap oil strategy

If you're like most car-owners, you're of two minds when it comes to gasoline. Obviously, part of you is happy about today's low fuel costs. However, another part of you--perhaps the pessimistic part--wonders why gas is so cheap these days. Consciously or subconsciously, you're waiting for the...Read More»

Saudi Arabian women driving bumper cars in Arwa Al Neami's documentary Never Never Land
Saudi women taste driving freedom behind the wheel of bumper cars: video

Everyone likes a carnival. Some people like the funnel cakes, some like the totally-not-rigged games, and Saudi Arabian women like the bumper cars. Scratch that: they love the bumper cars. Saudi women are prohibited from driving--not by law, but by tradition and by conservative Muslim clerics. In...Read More»

King Fahd Road in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Uber launches in Saudi Arabia, Saudi women boycott it

Uber's ongoing attempt at world domination has taken it to Saudi Arabia. Since Saudi women aren't allowed to drive, you might think they'd be happy about Uber's arrival and the prospect of more transportation options, but you'd be wrong. Saudi women have expressed frustration with the country's...Read More»

Saudi Prince speaks out against ban on female drivers
Saudi Women Defy National Law & Get Behind The Wheel: Was Their Protest A Success?

Planet Earth is becoming homogenized. Thanks to advances in communications and transportation, boundaries between countries, continents, and cultures that were once firm are increasingly fluid. This is both good and bad. On the one hand, family members can now call us from anywhere at any time. On...Read More»

Saudi Arabian women campaign for the right to drive, plan protest for October 26, 2013
Women: Saudi Cleric Says That Driving Will Ruin Your Ovaries

According to playground insiders, you shouldn't swallow gum, because it'll float around in your stomach for seven years. Also, chocolate will give you acne, and if someone slaps you on the back, your face will stick like that. Now, there's another bit of grade-school science making the rounds...Read More»

Saudi Prince speaks out against ban on female drivers
Saudi Woman Faces Charges For Driving During Emergency

Residents of the United States likely take their driving privileges for granted. Not so in Saudi Arabia, which is the only country in the world that bans females from driving. One Saudi woman is now facing charges after she drove during what she said was a medical emergency. The unnamed 35-year-old...Read More»

Stop Subaru in Saudi Facebook Ad
Saudi Women Drivers Create Stop-Subaru Facebook Ad

A week ago, a group called Saudi Women for Driving asked Subaru to stop selling cars in Saudi Arabia until women are allowed to drive. Today the group launched a Facebook ad campaign to put pressure on Subaru. Three weeks ago, women drove in circles around the Saudi embassy in Washington, D.C., to...Read More»

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Supporters Of Saudi Women Drivers Ask Subaru To Leave Kingdom

Imagine you're a small company that makes quirky but highly functional cars, beloved by niche buyers and increasingly successful in the broader market. Twenty years ago, you'd have been Saab. These days, you're Subaru. Now imagine that your strong progressive image--and more than a decade of...Read More»

Saudi Prince speaks out against ban on female drivers
A Few Saudi Women Drive Openly In Protest Of Religious Ban

Reports coming out of Saudi Arabia today indicate that a few dozen women braved the country's religious ban on women drivers and took the wheel. About 50 women reported, mostly on Twitter, that they had driven, with some posting videos on YouTube of their drives. Their actions are the culmination...Read More»

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Women Drivers Protest Saudi Driving Ban By Circling Embassy In DC

From noon to 4 pm today, a caravan of cars is circling around and around the Saudi embassy in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington, D.C. And they're all driven by women. The unusual protest highlights the kingdom's absolute ban on women drivers. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world...Read More»

Saudi Prince speaks out against ban on female drivers
Facebook Group Calls For Men To Attack Saudi Women Drivers

Activism isn't for the faint of heart. If it were, everyone would be doing it. Take, for instance, the handful of women in Saudi Arabia who are encouraging other women to drive--or at least to speak out against the religious ban against women driving. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world...Read More»

Saudi Prince speaks out against ban on female drivers
Saudi Arabian Activist Arrested For Urging Women To Drive

Break the law, go to jail. So it is here, often, and so it is too in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Even if the "law" is one not found in any other country, not officially codified in law, enforced only by self-appointed religious police, and viewed with emotions ranging from perplexity to contempt...Read More»

Saudi Prince speaks out against ban on female drivers
Saudi Women Use Facebook To Urge Defiance Of Driving Ban

In some countries, the phrase 'women drivers' may be a grumble or a catch phrase. In Saudi Arabia, it denotes something quite different: a fight by a few progressive women against the country's total ban on female drivers, one routinely enforced by religious police. A few courageous women in Saudi...Read More»

Saudi Prince speaks out against ban on female drivers
Saudi Prince Says Women Should Be Allowed To Drive

It sounds ridiculously anachronistic here in America, but in many Muslim countries, including Saudi Arabia, women aren't allowed to drive. Today, a Saudi prince, Alwaleed bin Talal, spoke out on the matter, saying the ban should be lifted. Bin Talal's reasoning isn't rooted in human rights or...Read More»

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