King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia granted women the right to vote, Sunday, after consulting with religious clerics. The decision is being hailed as a significant symbolic concession. Yet, elections are rare in the Saudi kingdom. A vote that has been delayed since 2009 will be held Thursday, but Saudi women won’t be able to participate in municipal elections until 2015.
Meanwhile, women are still prohibited from driving in Saudi Arabia, must be accompanied by a male guardian and are expected to be covered head-to-toe in public. In a country where very little political expression is allowed for women or men, how significant is the change in women’s daily lives?
Summer Said, Wall Street Journal reporter in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia