For Christmas this past year, my mom got a DNA test from MyHeritage DNA. I think most people are either quite firm in what they believe their ethnicity to be or they simply don’t care. However, simply the possibility of discovering some unknown, secret part of one’s background is intriguing enough to urge one to swab one’s mouth and send it off to a lab for $99. So it was our turn. It was our time to uncover the cultural secrets of our DNA.
This past week, women in Saudi Arabia obtained the right to drive. Yes, there are now women driving in Saudi Arabia! In the United States, I’ve heard a few different views on this. There are the supporters, who are like, “Yes! Women’s rights!” Then, there are the doubters, who think there are going to be a ton of restrictions that women in Saudi Arabia will have to overcome before they are actually able to obtain a license. They compare it to how African Americans struggled to vote, even after they obtained their right to vote, because of grandfather clauses and literacy tests. Then there are the people who think this is all a political move and nothing is really going to change in Saudi Arabia.
I decided to message a friend – let’s call her Nadia – who has lived in Saudi Arabia all of her life, and ask for her insight on the matter.