Saudi women achieve right to drive

Dani Tyler

In September, Saudi Arabia announced that starting in June of 2018, women in Saudi Arabia will be given the right to drive. These new rights will help end the oppression that these women have felt for decades.
This is quite a controversial topic, but all over the world, people are supporting these women and celebrating the new rights. In Saudi Arabia, many women were fighting for their right to drive by walking through the streets without male companions, a practice that is typically illicit.
“I think that the law regarding a woman’s right to drive is a very good step towards a better future and, hopefully, towards a more liberal Saudi Arabia like before,” said My An Dao, a Dickinson freshman.
“I’ve heard about many of the hardships that women in Saudi Arabia have to go through, and how closely it’s tied with the Quran. Women are treated like second-class citizens in public. There are videos of some being beaten by a group of men for violating one of many laws imposed on them. It’s craziness, and I’m happy that Saudi Arabia is progressing towards change in regards to that,” Dao said.
At our school, the top of the senior class and the National Honor Society officers are all girls. Throughout the school, women are excelling in academics, sports and clubs. But are women in western society truly equal to men?
“I just think that some men at our school think they are more special than women and they like to run everything,” said Prudence Trent, a Dickinson freshman.
So ask yourself: what can I do to make sure that everyone is equal at our school?