Saudi Arabian women just voted in elections for the first time ever

A Saudi Arabian woman casts her vote for the first time Saturday.
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Women were able to participate in Saudi Arabia's municipal elections Saturday — as both candidates and voters — for the first time in the nation's history, The Washington Post reports.

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Out of almost 7,000 candidates, about 950 are women. And of the 1.5 million voters expected Saturday, considered a low turnout, about 130,000 are women.

"This is a day for all Saudi women if they voted or not," one female voter said. "We are gaining a right that was kept from half the country for too long."

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