Saudi Women Allowed To Vote Without Male Permission, Can't Do Much ElseMargaret Hartmann12/28/11 9:42pmFiled to: Saudi ArabiaSaudi arabia votingVotingsaudi womenAppic34EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkToday Saudi Arabia announced that in its next election women will be allowed to run of office and vote without the approval of a male guardian. It's really quite generous, though for some reason, women aren't partying in the streets. Probably because they still need a man's permission to drive, travel, work, study abroad, marry, divorce, or be admitted to a public hospital — you know, stuff that actually makes a difference in their lives.King Abdullah granted women the right to vote and hold municipal office in September, but only with a man's approval. Now officials say that for the 2015 municipal elections women won't need their guardian's approval. A member of Saudi Arabia's Shura Council, a consultative body with no legislative powers, explained that since the new policy was approved by the king, the guardian of Islam's holiest sites, it's fine to let women vote (as long as a male guardian will drive them to the polling place).