Though progress is coming much, much too slowly, it is good that Saudi Arabia is starting to grant more rights to women. This week the kingdom announced that women would be able to vote and run as candidates in local elections — though not until 2015. But the historic reform was undermined the next day when a Saudi court sentenced a woman to 10 lashes for driving a car. Thank goodness King Abdullah reportedly has revoked the sentence — though women still aren’t allowed to drive in the country.
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