Saudi Women: Licensed to Drive --This Week in Hot Chocolate and Current Events
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The king of Saudi Arabia just granted women the right to drive.
For this week in Hot Chocolate and Current Events, read this article from Bloomberg. After you read it, discuss the article with your homeschool family. Use the keywords and questions below.
Saudi Arabia: (map point) The biggest country on the Arabian Peninsula. Governed by a king (Salman of Saudi Arabia), who has legislative, executive, and judicial functions. The king’s royal decrees are law.
Riyadh (map point): Saudi Arabia’s capital
Why do you think women in Saudi Arabia were not allowed to drive?
What do you think made the king change his mind about women driving?
What did Saudi women gain by being given the right to drive?
What did Saudi women lose by gaining the right to drive?
Do you think all Saudi women were happy about getting the right to drive?
How do you think the hired male drivers, like Almuhaya’s, reacted when they heard the news?
Do you think the U.S. would have allowed women to drive before 1920 (the year they got the right to vote)?
Would you, like Aziza Alyousef, like to be license number 0001?
*Fun fact: Saudi women first voted in 2015
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