Driving While Female

Terry Gross talks to author Manal al-Sharif on Fresh Air about restrictions on women’s rights in Saudi Arabia. Sharif has just written Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening (S&S; S&S Audio).

She was filmed while breaking a long held prohibition on women driving. The video went viral, leading to her arrest and was only released after worldwide protests. She has since moved to Australia.

Saudi women are assigned to a male guardian, she says, who must give permission for almost anything, including leaving the house. As women grow older, their guardianship simply changes from one man to another. It’s no wonder she wanted to tell Ivanka Trump to “just be quiet” when she praised Saudi for their progress on equal rights, while women sit in jail for trying to further those rights.

LJ gives it a starred review, writing it is “a striking, nuanced memoir of what it means to ‘drive while female’.”

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