Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Karen Hughes in Saudia Arabia

To: letters@nytimes.com
Re: Saudi Women Have Message Of Their Own for U.S. Envoy

No one should have been surprised by the reaction of Saudi professional women to the remarks of Karen Hughes. About three years ago I read a column in Arab News--in English--by a woman journalist who discussed the same issues. She wondered why anyone would think that Saudi women want to drive, when most of them have drivers. And she did have an equal-rights concern: expansion of the areas for women at the shrines of Mecca and Medina.