Women Win Ability To Drive In Saudi Arabia At Long Last

"Yes this is an announcement in 2017."

On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia's King Salman issued a decree that allowed women to drive for the first time, state media announced.

Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that still doesn't allow women to drive, and the announcement came after years of civil rights groups protesting the law. Some women even served time in jail over their fight to for the right to drive.

"The royal decree will implement the provisions of traffic regulations, including the issuance of driving licenses for men and women alike," the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said.

The SPA indicated the order would go into effect in June of 2018.

On Twitter, reactions were a mix of shock and joy. Some people who had been following the campaign for the right to drive were thrilled for the women of Saudi Arabia. Others were simply shocked that — until now — they hadn't had the right to drive. Manal al-Sharif, a Saudi woman who is an activist and has been imprisoned for fighting for the right to drive, celebrated on Twitter:

U.S. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert told The New York Times the U.S. is "happy" with the decision and that it's "a great step in the right direction for that country." Meanwhile, women in Saudi Arabia celebrated the news on Twitter with some hilarious sass. 

Cover photo: Abd. Halim Hadi / Shutterstock.com.


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