Taking the Long View on the Changing Status of Women in the Middle East

Stimson Spotlight

Taking the Long View on the Changing Status of Women in the Middle East

By Ellen Laipson:

The status of women in traditional Muslim societies, particularly Saudi Arabia, has long been an awkward source of cultural and political tension between the West and the oil-rich monarchies of the Arab world. Women’s roles are gradually changing as these states modernize, but more disruptive social change could well occur within a generation, as larger cohorts of educated women succeed in challenging social norms. 

Read the full article in World Politics Review.

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Ellen Laipson is a Distinguished Fellow and President Emeritus at the Stimson Center.

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