A Saudi woman poses in this picture to illustrate driving a car in Jiddah as part of a June 2011 protest. An advisory council has recommended for the first time lifting a ban on female drivers. Susan Baaghil/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Saudi women get into a taxi outside a shopping mall in Riyadh in 2012. Plans for a subway system in the Saudi capital are likely to provide the biggest benefits to women and the poor. Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Saudi women walk inside the 'Faysalia' mall in Riyadh , on September 26, 2011, a day after Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud granted women the right to vote and run in municipal elections. FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A Saudi woman fastens her seat belt before driving in Jeddah, western Saudi Arabia. Michael Bou-Nacklie hide caption

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