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Women Will Be Able To Drive In Saudi Arabia And Saudi Twitter Is On Fire Over It

The decision doesn't take effect until June 2018, but Saudi Twitter was immediately revved up.

Last updated on September 26, 2017, at 5:45 p.m. ET

Posted on September 26, 2017, at 4:38 p.m. ET

The Saudi Arabian government on Tuesday announced that the kingdom would finally allow women the right to drive, granting a key wish of women's rights activists.

Fayez Nureldine

A royal decree announced on Saudi state television said that the country's traffic laws would be changed to let โ€œmen and women alike" get driver's licenses, the New York Times reported.

The decree, said to be pushed by the recently named Crown Prince Mohammed, will take effect next June rather than immediately.

King Salman decrees that a government body draw up guidelines allowing women to drive and implement the policy towards end of June.

But that didn't stop Saudi women from hopping on Twitter within minutes of the announcement to share their ~moods~.

#ู‚ูŠุงุฏุฉ_ุงู„ู…ุฑุฃุฉ Mood:

Mood #ู‚ูŠุงุฏุฉ_ุงู„ู…ุฑุฃุฉ #ุงู„ู…ู„ูƒ_ูŠู†ุชุตุฑ_ู„ู‚ูŠุงุฏุฉ_ุงู„ู…ุฑุฃุฉ

MOODDDD #ู‚ูŠุงุฏุฉ_ุงู„ู…ุฑุงุฉ_ู„ู„ุณูŠุงุฑุฉ

Mood: #ู‚ูŠุงุฏุฉ_ุงู„ู…ุฑุฃุฉ_ู„ู„ุณูŠุงุฑุฉ

Their excitement is easy to understand: The ability to drive your own car is a right that women in the kingdom have been fighting to gain for decades.

#ู‚ูŠุงุฏุฉ_ุงู„ู…ุฑุฃุฉ_ููŠ_ุงู„ุณุนูˆุฏูŠุฉ

Loujain al-Hathloul, a Saudi women's rights activist who was detained for driving in protest of the law, simply tweeted out "Praise be to Allah."

And Manal al-Sharif, an activist who launched a campaign of women driving in protest, tweeted: "Saudi Arabia will never be the same again. The rain begins with a single drop."

You want a statement here is one: "Saudi Arabia will never be the same again. The rain begins with a single drop" #Women2Drive โค๏ธ

Some women, both in Saudi Arabia and overseas, began immediately daydreaming about what kind of car they'd own.

Mood #ู‚ูŠุงุฏุฉ_ุงู„ู…ุฑุงู‡_ู„ู„ุณูŠุงุฑุฉ

#ุงู„ุณู…ุงุญ_ุจู‚ูŠุงุฏุฉ_ุงู„ู…ุฑุฃุฉ_ู„ู„ุณูŠุงุฑุฉ_ููŠ_ุงู„ุณุนูˆุฏูŠุฉ My future car ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’”

#ู‚ูŠุงุฏุฉ_ุงู„ู…ุฑุฃุฉ okay i need this car immediately + the people in it ๐Ÿ™‚

"On the occasion of allowing women to drive, I got this car as a gift," one woman joked.

ุจู…ู†ุงุณุจู‡ ู‚ูŠุงุฏู‡ ุงู„ู…ุฑุฃู‡ ุฌุชู†ูŠ ู‡ุฏูŠู‡ ุณูŠุงุฑู‡๐Ÿค“

Some women focused on the historic nature of the decision โ€” and what it would mean for girls growing up moving forward.

thrilled cuz ery kid that grows up here from now on will never yell "OMG ITS A LADY DRIVING" Whenever y'all go abroad #ู‚ูŠุงุฏุฉ_ุงู„ู…ุฑุงู‡_ู„ู„ุณูŠุงุฑู‡

Others were just...thrilled.

โ€œWhatโ€™s that? You canโ€™t wait for me to drive you? Me neither booโ€ Me passing by the car every morning from now onโ€ฆ https://t.co/DoLZdToNwn

But naturally, the feelings of celebration weren't universal.

#ู„ุณู…ุงุญ_ู„ู„ู…ุฑุงู‡_ุจุงู„ู‚ูŠุงุฏู‡ ุดูƒู„ูŠ ุฃู†ุง ุงู„ุจู†ุช ุงู„ูˆุญูŠุฏู‡ ุงู„ู„ูŠ ู…ุง ุงู†ุจุณุทุช

"I think I'm the only girl who was not happy to hear this news," this user wrote.

Some would have preferred that something aside from driving had taken priority in the struggle for equal rights.

#ู„ุณู…ุงุญ_ู„ู„ู…ุฑุงู‡_ุจุงู„ู‚ูŠุงุฏู‡ ู„ูŠุชู‡ู… ูุชุญูˆ ู…ุฌุงู„ ุงู„ูˆุธุงุฆู ูˆู„ุง ุนุฏู„ูˆ ููŠ ุงู†ุธู…ุฉ ุงู„ุฌุงู…ุนุงุช ุงู„ู„ูŠ ุนู† ุจุนุฏ ุจุฏู„ ุงู„ุณูˆุงู‚ู‡ ู‡ุฐูŠ๐ŸŒš

"I wish that they had provided opportunities for work or modified universities' rules rather than amending this law," one woman wrote.

And, of course, some men just had to be dicks about it, tweeting memes implying that women will be terrible drivers.

#ู‚ูŠุงุฏุฉ_ุงู„ู…ุฑุฃุฉ_ู„ู„ุณูŠุงุฑุฉ ู…ุนู„ูŠุด ูƒู†ุช ุจู„ู ุณูŠุฏู‡

"Sorry, didn't see you there!" this extremely funny and not-at-all-dumb meme reads.

#ู‚ูŠุงุฏุฉ_ุงู„ู…ุฑุฃุฉ_ู„ู„ุณูŠุงุฑุฉ

Compare and contrast these two tweets:

Lol those two tweets pretty much describe the reaction of men vs. women in KSA right now. ๐Ÿ˜‚ #ู‚ูŠุงุฏุฉ_ุงู„ู…ุฑุฃุฉโ€ฆ https://t.co/2UL6iHoF1D

"Shit," says the man. "We became old waiting for this historic moment," tweets the woman.

Some dudes know what's up tho:

Mood ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿš—๐Ÿš—๐Ÿš— #ุงู„ู…ู„ูƒ_ูŠู†ุชุตุฑ_ู„ู‚ูŠุงุฏุฉ_ุงู„ู…ุฑุฃุฉ #ู„ู†_ุชู‚ูˆุฏูŠ #ู‚ูŠุงุฏุฉ_ุงู„ู…ุฑุฃุฉ

In summary, it's been a long time coming and women in Saudi Arabia are ready to roll, as it were.

>>ุฏุฎูˆู„ ุทุงูŠุฑู‡ ู…ู† ุงู„ูุฑุญู‡ ูˆุฃุฎูŠุฑุงู‹ ุชุญู‚ู‚ ุงู„ุญู„ู… ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽˆ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป ู…ุจุฑูˆูˆูˆูˆูˆูƒ ู„ู†ุง ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—

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