Saudi Arabia is, understandably, called out for its lack of women’s rights. But, constant scrutiny leaves little room for acknowledging advances as well as the significant social and cultural influences that have affected and will continue to affect the pace of these advances. This work endeavors to recognize the real progress the Kingdom has made over the last decade (i.e. “the good”), acknowledge where it has fallen short (i.e. “the bad”), and pinpoint the challenges we still face in the battle to advance women’s rights (e.g. “the paternalistic”).

The Good, the Bad, and the Paternalistic A Decade’s Reflections on Women Rights in Saudi Arabia