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Women Take the Wheel in Saudi Arabia

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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Screenshot from The New Yorker video: 'Women Take the Wheel in Saudi Arabia'

In this week's issue of the magazine, Katherine Zoepf writes about an emerging women's revolution in Saudi Arabia. Yesterday, we posted a slide show focussing on the inroads that women have made in the workforce, particularly in the retail sector, in a country where the majority of jobs go to men.

Today, we have a video about another facet of the women's movement: the right to drive. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world where women are barred from taking the wheel. The October 26th Campaign, which Zoepf wrote about for News Desk in November, was launched as a protest. The group collects videos of Saudi women driving in defiance of the ban and posts them online.

The video above, featuring commentary by Zoepf, shows a collection of clips from the campaign.



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