Saudi Arabian women allowed to drive


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Haley Miller, Reporter

On Sept. 26 Saudi Arabia issued a royal decree that will allow its women to drive. First, an organized committee will present recommendations over the next 30 days and then the government will be given until June 2018 to implement the final decree. According to the New York Times, Prince Khalid bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.S., says his society is ready for the change.

Numerous arguments against female drivers and explanations for the ban have been provided by Saudi officials and clerics. Some of these include that it would lead to promiscuity, men wouldn’t know how to drive with women next to them and driving harms a woman’s ovaries, according to the New York Times.