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Saudi Arabian Election Sends Women to the Polls and into Office

This was the first ever election in Saudi Arabia, women were able to vote in the country.

And as Saudi Arabia opened their elections to women voters and women public officials, we saw some changes...

And what were the impacts of the election?

Well, 17 women were appointed to public office positions. That's 17 more women with a voice in politics. 17 more women advocating for women's needs.
Saudi Arabia is the only country that has laws restricting them to obey a "guardian", usually a father or husband. These guardians can restrict the woman from making important life decisions, such as marrying or taking a trip outside the country.
The Saudi Arabian suffrage movement has been (and can be) incredibly empowering for change in the country.

Because they cannot restrict them from voting!

"I believe women want more parks, libraries for their children, health and fitness facilities for women. And just to be part of the decision," said Sara Ahmed, Saudi woman voter.
Next step: allowing Saudi women to drive!
Props again to @misterE for giving me the inspiration to write this card.

What are your thoughts on this?

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Hahaha awe @InPlainSight you have a point actually 😔 they need those hands to vote!! @shannonl5 yeah props to the people that worked so hard to make this happen!
Two words 'Woo' and 'Hoo' Now stop chopping off hands and beheading people and we're on to something!
@shannonl5 @nicolejb Hi to my new friends and all. thanks for the mention Nicole. Yes this is a great step in the right direction, but as I said earlier there's a long long way to go. Crazy as it sounds the women in SA who wanted to vote had to be creative like voting on line or running quickly in and out of polls while males were absent as it is illegal for women to be in the presence of males in public. Related you may enjoy listening to the story in this link, times will change, enjoy :) http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2015/12/13/457409865/why-this-boy-started-helping-his-sister-with-chores-15girls?ft=nprml&f&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wnyc_home+%28WNYC+New+York+Public+Radio%29&utm_content=Google+Feedfetcher#
This is amazing. I hope that the trend continues throughout the middle east, eventually. This is a great thing.
This is great news! Hopefully things keep moving forward. Congrats to the activists there who made this happen
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