Accomplishments by Saudi Women

(Susie published a lovely post on her blog, Susie’s Big Adventure:  susie’s big adventure: Saudi Women: Changing Reality, Making History. I tried to post a comment, but had trouble getting recognized, as usual, so I’ve decided to post my comment here.)

I was happy to read about so many accomplishments by Saudi women– genuine accomplishments, not acts of defiant behavior leading to the jail. I know I am in a minority by believing that Manal Al-Sharif’s day of driving did not help the cause.

It’s interesting that women have been permitted to do the things you’ve mentioned, yet not drive cars. I was in the Kingdom when the first driving episode occurred, resulting in severe censure for the women drivers as well as their husbands.

Driving is still a frontier for Saudi women, maybe because of these episodes and not in spite of them.


About Marahm

At first glance, I may appear to be a middle-aged American woman with kids, grandkids, retired from a job in a hospital, gratefully relieved from the responsibilities that come with all of that. Behind the image, which is true enough, I am fairly unhinged from much of American mainstream living, having spent twelve years in Saudi Arabia, years that sprung me from societal and familial impositions, and narrow bands of truth. I have learned to embrace my identity as a seeker, an artist, and a writer. I study Arabic and Italian language, because I love them, and I love their people. I still dream of spending more time in the Middle East and Italy, though the dreaming now seems more real than the possibilities. I am a photographer. I write, and sometimes publish, flash memoir, and now a blog or two.
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3 Responses to Accomplishments by Saudi Women

  1. Sorry you had such a hard time trying to post your comment – I have that problem too at times when I’m trying to comment on other blogs and I know how frustrating it can be.
    I just wanted to express my amazement at the progress for women that I have seen here in Saudi Arabia over the last five years since it has been my home. It’s quite remarkable.

    • Marahm says:

      Well, I’m glad I’m not the only one who has trouble posting comments on blogs. I don’t know what the problem is… I always type the curvy letters and numbers correctly, and the program insist that I haven’t done so, and then I have to type a new set of curvy nonsense letters and/or numbers, and the program again says I didn’t do it right, and presents me with a third set. By this time, I’ve given up. This happens on Blogger blogs, not WordPress. Oh, well… it’s a wonder these blogs work at all, and work as well as they do…!

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