Saudi Arabia grants first woman full lawyer practice rights

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  • "licensed to practise under their own steam" - could someone translate this British turn of phrase into American English?

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  • Sara Aalamri at the Ghazzawi Professional Association is also one of the four women who have been granted licences.

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  • Next they'll be letting them vote!

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  • What an awful state of affairs. a terrible country with a medieval mentality

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  • KSA isn't perfect but is the UK? Look into the grey faces on the journeymen solicitors traipsing to Liverpool Street and ask yourself what kind of dream they're living.

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  • Women are still not allowed to drive, so let's not get too excited. A Saudi cleric argued that driving affects women's ability to give birth (it's the tilt of the pelvis don't you know). With "experts" like that being given credence, we are still a long way from any kind of equality.

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  • Does this mean that a male client will be allowed to be alone with a woman lawyer for consultation purposes, or is this an oversight on the part of the authorities?

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  • Curzon - the phrase means in their own right.

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  • "Under their own steam" = "in their own right".

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  • Although this is a hugely momentous occasion for Saudi female lawyers and all 4 young women are to be congratulated, since some people seem to be under the wrong impression about which of the 4 exactly got her license first, just wanted to put out there that Sara Aalamri was the first woman to be given the license - her license number precedes the other 3.

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