On Saturday, women in Saudi Arabia voted and ran for office for the first time in the Kingdom’s history. 20 women were elected. But Saudi women were outnumbered in the voting population by a factor of nearly 10 to 1—only 130,637 women registered to vote compared to 1.3 million men. And they were outnumbered in the number of candidates—only 979 women ran compared to more than 5,938 men.
Of course, these women were not able to drive themselves to the ballot box, as women are prohibited from driving a vehicle in Saudi Arabia.