Ilina Talwar, Saudi Women Take to the Political Arena—Even if It Means Sitting in the Back Seat, The Solutions Journal, Volume 6, Issue 5, December 2015, Pages 20-23 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/saudi-women-take-to-the-political-arena-even-if-it-means-sitting-in-the-back-seat/) Abstract: This December, Saudi Arabia will have its third round of elections in the history of its Kingdom and the first where women will be allowed to participate. Hundreds of thousands of Saudis are expected to flock to the polls, along with dozens of candidates and a flurry of international media, but only a few of these will be women. Women in Saudi Arabia face many obstacles, but merely getting to the polls in a country that forbids them from driving is their biggest challenge. Earlier this year, Wall Street Journal reporter Ahmed Al Omran voiced his frustrations on Twitter as he urged ride-share apps like Careem and Uber to provide free services for women to the polling booths.1 A few hours after his initial post, Careem promptly responded, saying, "boom, we'll do it," and just like that, what had started as an innocent comment on Twitter became a national campaign for women's rights. Careem made their official announcement later that day, tweeting "Because … Topics: Governance; Inequality; Women