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.