Driving While Female

July 9, 2017
Manal al-Sharif

Manal al-Sharif (CC BY-SA 3.0)

In Saudi Arabia, women like Manal al-Sharif have to fight for the privileges that men have.  And al-Sharif did — she got a degree in computer science, and became one of the first women to work in IT at Aramco, the national oil company. And then, on her 32nd birthday,  she did something would seem so harmless in the United States — she drove a car.  In public.  Which turned her into the leading voice of the “Women2Drive” movement — and also put her life at risk.