The monarchy abandoned its driving ban for women, long criticized as an infringement on women’s rights and a drag on the economy and society.
Saudi Arabia is easing restrictions on women driving, finally allowing almost half its population to get behind the wheel.
In 2011, Manal al-Sharif filming herself driving in a country where women are banned from getting behind the wheel. Driving, she says, is "a way to emancipate women. It gives them so much liberty."