Hillary Clinton Praises ‘Brave’ Saudi Women Drivers

Facing pressure from advocacy groups, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke out Tuesday about the campaign by Saudi Arabian women to get equal rights on the road. Asked about the effort, which saw about 40 women drive their cars last week in defiance of the ban, Clinton called the women “brave” and “right” to pursue equality. “I’m moved by it and I support them,” said Clinton, whose longstanding support for women’s rights made her silence a bit awkward. Clinton emphasized that the driving campaign was “not coming from outside” but from Saudi “women themselves seeking to be recognized.”