Saudi Women Take the Wheel as Driving Ban Lifted

BURAIDAH, Saudi Arabia—At the stroke of midnight Sunday, Saudi women drove legally in their own country for the first time, a historic moment that was met with a mix of joy and disbelief but also consternation over the jailing of activists who had campaigned for just such a right.

As soon as the ban officially , women from Riyadh to Jeddah to the kingdom’s more conservative corners slid into driver’s seats to celebrate the end to a policy that prohibited women from obtaining a driver’s license. The change removed…

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