Woman Attorney Launches Saudi Arabia's First All-Lady Law Firm

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Just a few months after Saudi Arabia allowed women to serve in court, the first licensed woman attorney Bayan Mahmoud Al-Zahran has just opened the first female law firm, dedicated to representing women and bringing women's rights issues into the courts. YES.

Women have continually been neglected by the court system for a number of reasons, including simply not being taken seriously by male lawyers. Women's issues concerning conflicts like inheritance, domestic violence, marriage, and you know, that whole driving thing are often simply dismissed. Also, while more women are joining the workforce, the country has yet to catch up in terms of legal support for working women.

Clearly Al-Zahran has her work cut out for her four-woman team, but as reported at Arab News, she's ready for the challenge:

"I believe women lawyers can contribute a lot to the legal system. This law firm will make a difference in the history of court cases and female disputes in the Kingdom. I am very hopeful and thank everyone who supported me in taking this historical step."

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Al-Zahran plans to take on labor cases and business disputes as well as her initiatives with women's rights, so she'll be keeping pretty busy doing all that on top of being a badass.

Image via AP.

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It makes me sad that I'll never be such a bad ass. Like, first world problems, big time. Here I sit from my office in the US all happy to be a lawyer because of all the ladies who did it before me (and made it easy). And at the same time I'm sad that I didn't get to fight that fight.

But there are always other fights to fight.