Essay Two. The Future For Saudi Women Is Difficult To Predict,

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Essay Two The future for Saudi women is difficult to predict, however, it has much potential. The percentage of women that are being educated is constantly growing, women are opening businesses, participating in politics and being activists for the promotion of women’s rights. Women are starting to demand their rights and freedoms. Accordingly, the monarchy is incrementally responding to women’s demands. More Saudi women are being college educated, becoming involved in business and demanding a greater role in public life. Despite the Saudi state classifying women as legal minors their entire lives, they are on the “forefront of social and economic change in the kingdom” (Coleman, Paradise Beneath Her Feet, pg. 205). These women aren’t…show more content…
Ready to break down societal barriers after they graduate and move into the work force. Furthermore, Saudi women are increasingly taking an active role in the economy through business ownership. Approximately 40% of private wealth are held by women in Saudi Arabia. These women have built their wealth through entrepreneurship. Allowing more women in the workforce allows the country to be more economically stable because it’s tapping into the economic contribution of the other half of the population. “Societies that invest in and empower women are on a virtuous cycle” (Coleman, Paradise Beneath Her Feet, pg. 8). In the book, In the Land of Invisible Women, Quanta mentions that she was “stunned that a number of other women at the party were also business owners, of clothing boutiques, […and] hair salons” (Ahmed, In the Land of Invisible Women, pg. 53). Additionally, when speaking to a couple of women after a talk in Saudi Arabia, Coleman recalled that they said, “we want to start our own business. It’s the only way for us to gain some independence. We all want to be modern Khadijah’s!” (Coleman, pg. 204). These women understand that to gain some degree of freedom and power over their own lives, they must be economically independent. However, because Saudi law prevents women from owning property in their names, many businesses use the front of a male representative. These women are quietly breaking down barriers or finding a way to maneuver around them.
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