This Arab News article pushes a rather sharp stick into the eye of those who think Saudi women incapable. It also shows how feeble the arguments against women’s driving are.
Perhaps the King can hold a special award ceremony for her. He’s in favor of women’s driving, but doesn’t want to get too far ahead of where society stands on the issue. Ms. Al-Mutairy’s example could be a good push in the direction of opening the streets to Saudi women.
JEDDAH: A teenage girl defied a Saudi ban on women drivers to save her father and brother from the Nov. 25 floods. Malak Al-Mutairy took some rope and drove her father’s GMC to the low-lying Qous Valley where water had nearly submerged the car her family was standing on top of.
She parked her car at an elevated position on the road and waded into the water as far as she could before throwing the rope to her brother, Al-Madinah newspaper reported.
The brother tied the rope on the car and then Malak slowly towed the vehicle out of the water. When her brother fell into the water she returned to help him. Her father Fawaz Al-Mutairy, and brother Faiz were overwhelmed by the floods on their way to buy sacrificial animals for Eid Al-Adha.
There were other submerged cars with people inside them crying for help. Despite her father’s pleas not to return, Malak managed to tow eight more cars with dozens of people inside to safety.