A Saudi Prince Says It’s Finally Time to Let Women Drive

Source: Time

BY Madeline Farber

A member of the Saudi royal family has broken with long-established tradition and called for the country to allow women to drive.

Prince Alwaleed bin Talalposted a letter Tuesday titled “It is High Time that Saudi Women Started Driving their Cars,” to his Twitter account. Saudi Arabia is the only country where it’s illegal for women to drive.

“Preventing a woman from driving a car today is an issue of rights similar to the one that forbade her from receiving an education or having an independent identity,” he wrote.

Alwaleed went on to list financial, economic, social, religious, and political factors that women should be allowed to drive there.

Alwaleed wrote that allowing women to drive cars would lead to job growth, and notes that it comes as a “necessity,” not a “social luxury” as it has been in the past—writing that there’s an “urgent social demand predicated upon current economic circumstances.”

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  1. Actually it must be quite a hazzle if ladies cannot drive. Not quite everyone can afford a driver and picking up the kids from school is tiresome… (and not good for the boss, when one man after the other has to take time off for the kids ….) (the boss in Saudi Arabia I assume does have a driver…)

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