She never sought out attention for herself. She was a quiet individual but fiercely dedicated to what she believed in. One of those beliefs was that women should not be controlled by the culture of Saudi Arabia. She would be the first of the new generation to go out and drive.
If you have not figured it out already, this article is a tribute to Manal Al-Sharif. Her choosing to drive back in 2011 in Khobar, Saudi Arabia kind of reminds me of the “shot that was heard around the world” during the American Revolutionary War.
Manal’s video of her driving went viral, she was apprehended by the Ministry for the Protection of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Muttawa), she got forced out of her job at Aramco and life has never been the same.
The first time Manal drove, in May 2011, there…
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