One of the most fundamental of human rights is the right to participate in the making of the laws that govern you; and the basic right behind that is the right to vote. This might seem so clear to us now that it needs no mention, but equally clearly that hasn’t always been the case, one of the glaring illustrations being the relatively recent nature of women’s suffrage. Canada allowed women the vote only in 1917; the United States in 1920; France in 1944; and Switzerland in 1971. (There’s a good chart on Wikipedia that let’s you sort by country, by date, or by voting age.)
However, in the last fifty years or so, all countries in the world with the exception of Saudia Arabia extended the vote to women. Now King Abdullah has stated that he intends to take that step in time for the 2015 elections.
It remains the case, however, that women in that country are not permitted to drive automobiles, may not leave the country without the permission of a male relative, and may be flogged for committing adultery.