While much focus has been placed in the past year on Saudi women’s driving endeavours, the act is not unique.
Perhaps it stands as a testament to the power of social media that it has risen to such (due) prominence through the mediums of Facebook and Twitter.
Nevertheless, the frustration remains then, as it does now:
In Saudi Arabia in 2000 a group of middle-class women drove cars into the centre of town […] The following day their husbands were arrested and the women involved were not given the respect of being detained. This act by the state effectively erodes their agency.
Taken from ‘The Realm of the Possible: Middle Eastern Women in Political and Social Spaces.’ Amal Treacher and Hala Shukrallah. Feminist Review, No. 69, Winter, 2001.