Bush’s good friends, the Saudis are forward-thinking…NOT. Saudi women are barred from voting:
“The Saudi interior minister has said women will not be allowed to vote in the country’s municipal elections starting in February 2005.
In response to a question about women’s getting the vote, Prince Nayef bin Sultan said simply: ‘I don’t think that women’s participation is possible.’
An election law published in August did not explicitly ban women from voting.
This led many campaigners for women’s rights to hope for a substantial breakthrough for Saudi women. ”
…Women in the kingdom live with highly circumscribed rights. They are, for example, not permitted to travel unaccompanied by male relatives or allowed to drive.