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Saudi Arabia Allows Women In Soccer Stadium For First Time

Saudi women were allowed into a sports stadium for the first time Friday to watch a soccer match between two local teams – though they were segregated in the stands from the male-only crowd with designated seating in the so-called “family section,” The Associated Press reports. The move was the first of Saudi Arabia’s social reforms planned for this year to ease restrictions on women, spearheaded by the kingdom’s 32-year-old crown prince. The kingdom has also announced that starting in June women will be allowed to drive, lifting the world’s only ban on female drivers. More than just an incremental step toward greater rights, the presence of women in the sports stadium underscored a wider…