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Saudi Arabia's Changing Workforce: Katherine Zoepf Discusses at Nerinx Hall

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April 3, 2014 | 12:00 AM EDT
A Saudi employee helps a customer at a dress shop in Al Faisaliah Mall. Image by Kate Brooks. Saudi Arabia, 2013.

An emerging class of female retail workers is raising new questions about the direction of the Saudi...

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It took a decree from King Abdullah, in 2011, to put tens of thousands of women into the workforce. For the first time, they are interacting daily with men who are not family members, as cashiers in supermarkets and as salesclerks selling abayas and cosmetics and underwear. Image by Kate Brooks. Saudi Arabia, 2013.

Join Pulitzer Center grantee and New America Foundation fellow Katherine Zoepf on Thursday, April 3 at Nerinx Hall High School, as she examines the changing opportunities for women in Saudi Arabia and the impact it is having on them and their society.

In Saudi Arabia, women have faced endless restrictions in their daily lives, from limited employment opportunities to driving bans. Then in 2011, a decree from King Abdullah allowed women to work in lingerie shops and other businesses with a female clientele. This decree put tens of thousands of Saudi women to work.

In her project for Pulitzer Center "New Employment for Saudi Women", Zoepf investigates what it means to be a woman in the Saudi workforce. Explore and learn about the changing gender role in Saudi Arabia with Zoepf in this community talk.

Thursday, April 3
7-8 pm
Nerinx Hall High School
530 East Lockwood Avenue
Webster Groves, MO 63119

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