Behind Black Robes, Hijabs And Niqabs, Saudi Women Are Dreaming Big

July 8, 2013by Brenda

Anne Doyle, Contributor

FORBESWOMAN   6/04/2013 @ 10:51AM

If you think “Saudi feminist” is an oxymoron, come with me behind the walls of the female side of the campus of Prince Mohammad University (PMU), a new, private, co-ed center of higher education in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, just across the Arab (Don’t say Persian!) Gulf from Iran.

Yes, a 20 foot wall separates male and female students in a country where unrelated women and men aren’t  allowed to mingle, not even for a cup of coffee at the local Starbucks . But once inside PMU’s female, inner sanctum — where all classes are taught in English, you will meet a new generation of ambitious, highly-educated Saudi women who remind me of young, American feminists in the 60’s and 70’s.

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