Enrollment at the first school for girls began in 1955. Dar Al Hanan School was the first school for girls established in Saudi Arabia
First University for Women
The Riyadh College of Education, the first higher education institution for women, opened in 1970. Princess Nora bint Abdul Rahman University is the largest women's university in Saudi Arabia
Personal ID Cards for Women
Women could get personal ID cards for the first time. The cards are the only way for them to prove who they are. IDs were only issued with the permission of a woman's guardian. They were also given to the guardian instead of directly to the woman. It wasn't until 2006 where women were able to get ID cards without permission.
End of Forced Marriages
Saudi Arabia banned forced marriages in 2005.
First Female Olympic Athletes
Saudi Arabia agreed to allow female athletes to compete on the national team for the Olympics for the first time in 2012. An example is Sarah Attar who ran the women’s 800 meter race in a headscarf.
First Women in the Shura
The Shura is Saudi Arabia’s consecutive council. In February 2013, King Abdullah swore in the first 30 women to the Shura. This allowed women to be appointed to these positions, soon they would be allowed to actually run for office.
Women are Allowed to Ride Bicycles and Motorbikes
Saudi leaders allowed women to ride bicycles and motorbikes for the first time in 2013, but only in recreational areas, wearing full Islamic body covering and with a male relative present.
Women can Vote and get Elected
In Saudi Arabia's 2015 municipal elections, women were able to vote and run for office for the first time. At the 2015 Saudi polls, 20 women were elected to municipal roles in the absolute monarchy.
Driving Ban Eliminated
On September 26, 2017, Saudi Arabia announced that women would soon be allowed to drive. They would no longer need permission from their male guardian to get a driver's license or need their guardian in the car when they drive.
Saudi Women are now Notified if Divorced
The new law, designed to protect them from having their marriage ended without their knowledge, will allow women to check their marital status online or visit a court to get a copy of divorce papers.