Women in Kuwait have voted for the first time ever in parliamentary elections. Women, of course, have also voted in all of the recent elections in Iraq. In fact, Saudi Arabia reportedly is now the only Arab country that holds elections but doesn’t allow women to vote.
The increase in female sufferage in the Arab world represents a huge victory for human rights, and holds out the promise, though hardly the guarantee, of leading gradually to further liberalization in the region. This development deserves more attention from our media and our feminists than it has received.