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How Sexist Is Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabia just elected women into municipal government for the first time. Is life changing for women in this very traditional society?

Following through on the late King Abdullah's ruling to allow women to run for office in the 2015 municipal elections, Saudi Arabia has elected its first female council members. Twenty out of the 979 female candidates who ran won their seats. They will now make up about one percent of the seats up for grabs in this election.

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Though the number is small, this is being touted as huge step forward for women's rights in the country. And it's the latest in a string of victories in the last few years. Women were granted the right to vote in 2011, and the right to ride a bicycle and motorcycle in recreational areas in 2013. So how is the country changing with respect to women in Saudi Arabia?

Read more about gender equality in Saudi Arabia:

BBC: Saudi Arabia: First women councillors elected

Washington Post: Saudi Arabia struggles to employ its most-educated women