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As Saudi Arabia allows women to drive, smiling faces everywhere

The sight of ladies behind the wheel is always Instagram-worthy

This woman looks so natural backing up. INSTAGRAM POST BY SARIA NASSIF

On Sunday, Saudi Arabia officially allowed women to operate motor vehicles—implementing a royal decree that had been announced in September last year. It was a great day for gender equality, although we were kind of torn between celebrating and sneering. On the one hand, seeing female motorists finally unfettered was a welcome sight. On the other hand, we felt this should be par for the course in the first place. Whooping it up for being allowed to drive is like throwing a party after your thieving neighbor returns your missing car.

But nah, that was just our surly side being tempted to stay pissed when everybody else was high-fiving each other. Indeed, the wide smiles that were plastered on the faces of Saudi women said it all: This is a huge victory not only for the ladies but also for the whole human race; not only for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia but also for the whole planet; not only for motoring but also for breaking free.

We scoured Instagram for the sweetest reactions to this victory. May we all feel even half of the joy and be consumed by even half of the gratitude the next time we buckle up for a spin.

INSTAGRAM POST BY NYT GENDER
INSTAGRAM POST BY FORD MIDDLE EAST
INSTAGRAM POST BY HAYFAA HASANAIN
INSTAGRAM POST BY AARISH KHAN NIAZI
INSTAGRAM POST BY PRATIDIN TIME
INSTAGRAM POST BY ALINA SALMAN
INSTAGRAM POST BY RAWNAABA
INSTAGRAM POST BY SAMEERZIMMO
INSTAGRAM POST BY YOUSEF AMIN
INSTAGRAM POST BY ALMUHANAD ALHASSOUN


Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist for 25 years. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. The rest, as they say, is rock and roll. He writes the column ‘Spoiler’.



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