A Saudi Arabian woman is like a flightless bird. So wrote the famed Saudi activist Wajeha Al-Huwaider in 2010, while looking out on the Gulf of Mexico after the worst oil spill in U.S. history. The oil-slicked birds unable to fly reminded her of her countrywomen, who even today cannot perform the simplest of acts without the approval of government-assigned male "guardians."
"I know that kind of pain," she wrote. "I have been living it most of my life.”