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In Saudi Arabia, women are turning to business as a form of 'quiet activism' in their feminist movement

By Sophie Alkhaled, Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship, Lancaster University
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Prominent Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul was released from prison on February 10 2021 after 1,001 days in custody. Al-Hathloul, a leading campaigner for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia, had been sentenced to five years and eight months in prison in 2018 for pushing a foreign agenda and using the internet to harm public order.

One of al-Hathloul’s crimes was to be part of a campaign for women to be allowed to drive. The first…

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