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Saudi Arabia’s New Female Politicians in the Other Room

For women’s rights activists in Saudi Arabia, this year began with a thump.   It was going to be an exciting new era in Saudi Arabia — one in which women voted in elections and held office. Of the nearly 1,000 local council members elected in late 2015, roughly 20 of them were women for the first time ever.   But the moment was dulled when at least two of the female representatives tried to sit in council in the same room, at the same table, with their male counterparts. Some...

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