QUOTE: Saudi Arabian Women Given Right To Vote, Run for Office

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“I haven’t been able to take my breath…We’re so excited. We believe it’s the response to our demands, the first step in our long struggle to get our rights.”

–HATOON AL-FASSI, a university professor and women’s rights activist in Riyadh, responding to the news that King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia will allow women to vote and run for public office at the next election cycle in 2015. However, they still need permission from a male relative to participate in public life. (via Jezebel)