While women in America have been facing their own version of a battle of the sexes, I think it's fair to say that females in Saudi Arabia have it much tougher. Between having to get male consent for everything from marriage to travel and the lack of job opportunities they have as females, Saudi women are facing circumstances that make it pretty much impossible for them to become successful on their own. But now, it seems like the country is looking to change things by constructing a new city exclusively for female workers.

The women-only town will be built in the Eastern Province and will reportedly only be the "first of several" that the country is looking to create in order to allow more women to work while maintaining gender segregation. The development will apparently create around 5,000 jobs, which could allow female workers to experience greater financial independence. Though the city is still being designed, construction is supposed to begin taking place next year.

Read more ¿Qué más?: President Obama just made having a vagina way more affordable

While I'm all for female empowerment and new opportunities for women, I have to admit it's pretty shocking to realize that the only way for these ladies to gain a little freedom is to move to a place devoid of men. For me, it is SO extreme and yet for those who live there, the concept is not at all surprising or new.  

Want to find other important news? Like us on Facebook!

Unfortunately, the truth is that "separate but equal" is not equal and though the country might be taking one teeny tiny step forward in acknowledging the need for female job opportunities, they still have miles to go in terms of becoming a modern, forward-thinking place to live. It's not a matter of whether or not females should live among men--it's about acknowleding that Saudi women are real people with real value too.

What do you think of the plans for a women-only city? Tell us in the comments below!

Image via Getty Images

About the author

Michelle Regalado is a Staff Writer at MamásLatinas. She loves reading, travel, pop culture, and writing about anything and everything.

Read More
Filed Under: controversy, latest news
LIKE WHAT YOU JUST READ?
Click LIKE below to find other posts like this one!
Keep Reading

UNFORTUNATELY THE WOMAN OF THESE COUNTRIES DO NOT REALIZE IT IS THEIR POWER TO CHANGE MEN'S ATTITUDE. IT JUST TAKES ALL WOMAN NOT HAVING CHILDREN FOR SOME YEARS, AND THE MEN WILL BE LEAD BY THEIR WISHED TO CONFORM TO EQUALITY AS THEY ARE THE BEARER OF THEIR CHILDREN WE CALL IT BIRTH CONTROL , AND IT CAN BE PRACTICED IN MANY FORMS WITH OUT ANYONES KNOWLEDGE
1-1 of 1
To leave a comment on this story, please log in with:
  • Facebook
  • MamásLatinas
  • Comment as a Guest
you are logged in as (logout)
Submitting comment, please wait...