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The women of Saudi Arabia are rejoicing as the driving ban their country had against them has just been lifted. The ban was enacted from 1957 until Sept. 26, 2017. That’s 60 years of oppression on basic transport.

Don’t think these women just sat by idly for 60 years though. There were plenty protests and petitions to repeal the sexist rule.

The first protest took place in November of 1990 in Riyadh. 47 women drove past government buildings to protest their oppression. As a result, the women were imprisoned for one day, had their passports taken away, and some even lost their jobs for their activism.

In 2007 there was a petition that had over 1000 signatures asking the king to allow women to drive. In 2008, there was a Subaru commercial released of a woman driving in a compound. This was allowed because it was not a legal road. However the woman driver decided to drive off course and onto the main highway. The commercial was still ran as a subtle revolt to the rule.

Still to no avail, they persisted.

There have been handfuls of protests and petitions around the world to get this rule repealed. Now, finally, their work has payed off.

As Americans in the free world, we sometimes can take our freedom for granted. We forget there are still people out there fighting for their naturals rights as humans.

“I talk about the unfair things here in America that women have to deal with everyday, yet I seem to forget sometimes that some women in other countries have it a lot worse. They are still fighting for basic needs that anyone here would be absolutely appalled by” commented Abigail Aquino, junior.

“I feel there is no real reason to exclude ,separate or oppress specific genders. It would be imperialistic to do such a thing. There would be absolute outbreak of anger all over” said Chris White, junior.
But is that really the case? This has been happening in the middle east for at least half a century and only just now are we seeing change.

Yes, there were uprisings, but solely in that country.

We as a world need to stand up for each other, no matter our race, gender, sexuality, or ethnicity.

Although Saudi Arabia still has a long way to go in means of equal rights, this is a huge step in the right direction. On behalf of the SHS Wave Breaker staff, congratulations Saudi women on your newfound freedom.

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