Saudi scholar fights for women’s rights

RIYADH When clerics, ministers and businessmen gathered at a forum in Riyadh last month to discuss women in the workplace, there were no women in sight.

She argues that the tradition requiring male guardianship originally stems from Greek and Roman tradition, as opposed to Islamic.

In the years since this article was published, Dr. al-Fassi worked with the Baladi (“My Country”) campaign to push for women’s voting rights in Saudi Arabia, which they finally achieved last December.