Dina Yousef, 30, drives for the first time through the streets of the capital city Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in the early morning hours of June 24, 2018 when the royal decree lifted the ban on women driving a car in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia today lifted its ban on women driving, which had been in place since 1957. The Saudi government, under Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, is phasing in an ongoing series of reforms to both diversify the Saudi economy and to liberalize its society. The reforms also seek to empower women by restoring them basic legal rights, allowing them increasing independence and encouraging their participation in the workforce. Saudi Arabia is among the most conservative countries in the world and women have traditionally had much fewer rights than men.
Nada Edlibi holds up her Saudi Arabian driver's license on the first day that she is legally allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia on June 24, 2018 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
A Saudi woman and her friends celebrate her first time driving on a main street of Khobar City on her way to the Kingdom of Bahrain on June 24, 2018.
Saudi Samira Al-Ghamdi is seen in her car receiving her order from a fast food restaurant in the coastal city of Jeddah for the first time.
Hessah al-Ajaji drives her car down the capital's busy Tahlia Street after midnight for the first time in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, June 24, 2018.
A Saudi woman flashes a sign of support to Samar Al-Moqren (R) who is driving her car through the streets of the Saudi capital Riyadh for the first time just after midnight, June 24, 2018, when the law allowing women to drive took effect.
Saudi Samar Al-Moqren drives her car through the streets of the Saudi capital Riyadh for the first time just after midnight, June 24, 2018.
Halah Hussein Reda, a newly-licensed Saudi motorist, waits for the road to clear before driving out of a driveway in the Saudi Red Sea coastal city of Jeddah early on June 24, 2018.
Saudi race driver Aseel Al Hamad speaks with journalists after driving a Formula One car for an exhibition lap ahead of the 2018 French Formula One Grand Prix at Paul Ricard circuit in Le Castellet, France, 24 June 2018. Hamad's exhibition lap in a 2007 Formula One car comes on the same day that women in Saudi Arabia took the wheel early on June 24, after the decades-old ban was lifted as part of a liberation campaign in the conservative kingdom.
Saudi lawyer and businesswoman Sofana Dahlan gets in her car after going for coffee to a cafe on the first day she is legally allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia.
Dina Yousef, 30, drives for the first time through the streets of the capital city Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in the early morning hours of June 24, 2018.