Women Take the Wheel: Continuity and Change in Saudi Arabia

Katrina Hall

The cessation of Saudi Arabia’s ban on women driving has garnered much attention and discussion across the globe in recent months. The prohibition was officially lifted on 24 June 2018 and is one of a number of initiatives recently taken by the Saudi King and the crown prince Mohammed bin Salman to increase women’s participation in the economy and society. The expansion of women’s rights is largely related to the crown prince’s Vision 2030, an ambitious roadmap for reform that aims to diversify the Saudi economy and reduce its dependence on oil.