Saudi Arabia takes baby steps into the 20th century

Women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to vote and run for office. That’s according to King Abdullah, who made the announcement on Sunday. The article noted the king didn’t say vote, but that women would be able to “nominate candidates” for the next round of municipal elections.

But here’s the kicker:

The country is holding municipal elections Thursday for the only the second time in nearly 50 years. The changes the king announced would go into effect for the next set of elections — and it is unclear when those might take place.

It’s pretty clever for the kingdom’s leaders to symbolically extend suffrage to women, but it’s bullshit when women–and the country as a whole–have no clue when they’ll be able to leverage the right to vote and choose the leaders that’ll best represent them.

Ain’t nothing like having rights you’re not sure when you’ll be able to utilize…