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Saudi women vote for the first time

Saudi women were allowed to vote in municipal elections for the first time ever, in a tentative step towards easing widespread sex discrimination in the kingdom.

Saudi women vote for the first time
A Saudi woman casts her ballot at a polling station in the coastal city of Jeddah, on December 12, 2015, during municipal elections. Saudi women were allowed to vote in elections for the first time ever, in a tentative step towards easing widespread sex discrimination in the ultra-conservative Islamic kingdom. (AFP/Getty Images)
Saudi women vote for the first time
A Saudi woman casts her ballot in a polling station in the coastal city of Jeddah, on December 12, 2015. Saudi women were allowed to vote in elections for the first time ever, in a tentative step towards easing widespread sex discrimination in the ultra-conservative Islamic kingdom. (AFP/Getty Images)
Saudi women vote for the first time
A Saudi woman casts her ballot in a polling station in the coastal city of Jeddah, on December 12, 2015. Saudi women were allowed to vote in elections for the first time ever, in a tentative step towards easing widespread sex discrimination in the ultra-conservative Islamic kingdom. (AFP/Getty Images)
Saudi women vote for the first time
A Saudi woman casts her ballot at a polling station in the coastal city of Jeddah, on December 12, 2015, during municipal elections. Saudi women were allowed to vote in elections for the first time ever, in a tentative step towards easing widespread sex discrimination in the ultra-conservative Islamic kingdom. (AFP/Getty Images)
Saudi women vote for the first time
Saudi officials count the votes at the end of the day at a polling station to vote for the municipal elections on December 12, 2015 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Women are running the municipal council seats as candidates for the first time in the Kingdom's history and also be allowed for the first time to vote in a governmental election. The Municipal councils are the only government body in which Saudi Arabian citizens can elect representatives, so the vote is widely seen as a small but significant opening for women to play a more equal role in society. (Getty Images)
Saudi women vote for the first time
Saudi candidate Amal Badreldin al-Sawari stands outside a polling station after casting her ballot in the capital Riyadh, on December 12, 2015 during municipal elections. Saudi women were allowed to vote in elections for the first time ever, in a tentative step towards easing widespread sex discrimination in the ultra-conservative Islamic kingdom. (AFP/Getty Images)
Saudi women vote for the first time
Saudi activist Ghada Ghazzawi tapes a selfie video marking a historical day for Saudi women and thanking late King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz who allowed this to happen as she arrives to vote for the municipal elections on December 12, 2015 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Women are running the municipal council seats as candidates for the first time in the Kingdom's history and also be allowed for the first time to vote in a governmental election. The Municipal councils are the only government body in which Saudi Arabian citizens can elect representatives, so the vote is widely seen as a small but significant opening for women to play a more equal role in society. (Getty Images)
Saudi women vote for the first time
Saudi activist Ghada Ghazzawi tapes a selfie video marking a historical day for Saudi women and thanking late King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz who allowed this to happen as she arrives to vote for the municipal elections on December 12, 2015 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Women are running the municipal council seats as candidates for the first time in the Kingdom's history and also be allowed for the first time to vote in a governmental election. The Municipal councils are the only government body in which Saudi Arabian citizens can elect representatives, so the vote is widely seen as a small but significant opening for women to play a more equal role in society. (Getty Images)