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Saudi Women Will Drive But Face Bumpy Road to Empowerment

Mervat Bukhari, a force of nature draped head-to-toe in Islamic niqab, braved insults and taunts to become the first Saudi woman to work at a gas station, something unimaginable not long ago. The kingdom, where conservatives once bridled at even limited freedoms for women, is in the midst of reforms that mark the biggest cultural shake-up in its modern history. Kickstarted by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the reforms include the historic decision allowing women to drive from June,...

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