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Saudi Arabia Becomes The Last Country To Let Women Drive, And One Celebrated With A Formula 1 Joyride

Because the best way to dance on the grave of archaic and misogynist laws is by BURNIN' RUBBER!

Saudi Arabia have lifted their archaic and misogynist ban on women driving over the weekend. It’s simultaneously a huge step for women’s rights in the region, while also making them the very last nation in the world to allow women to drive.

Progress, I guess?

It’s all a part of a move by Saudi King Salman and his son, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, to open up the notoriously opaque and repressive nation to the world.

Which is all well and good, until you remember that many of the activists who fought for the law to change are still in jail.

In any case, to celebrate the law change, the Saudi Arabian government sent Aseel Al Hamad, the first female member of the Saudi Arabian Motorsport Commission, to do a joyride in an F1 racecar before this weekend’s French Grand Prix.

Because the only thing that’s better than women’s liberation is the sweet smell of rubber on tarmac!

In all seriousness, today is a historic day for Saudi women. Many have been sharing pictures of themselves behind the wheel for the first time using the #SaudiWomenDriving hashtag, and the happiness in their faces is palpable.

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