At the stroke of Saturday midnight, thousands of Saudi women switched on their engines and drove off in their cars for the first time in their country’s history. A royal decree issued on Sept. 26, 2017 lifted the ban on women drivers. Many were experienced drivers who had licenses from other countries. All celebrated their new sense of freedom. Mothers could finally drive their children to school and back and women who worked could drive themselves to their places of employment. Saudi women are now able to go shopping alone and design their own leisure pursuits.