On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia's King Salman announced that women would be allowed to drive. The change goes into effect June 2018.
Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that bans women from driving. Until now, women driving in public could be arrested and fined while only men were allowed to drive with licenses.
According to the BBC, the country's U.S. ambassador Prince Khaled bin Salman "confirmed that women would not have to get male permission to take driving lessons, and would be able to drive anywhere they liked."
"I think our leadership understands our society is ready," Prince Khaled bin Salman told reporters.
The move has received praise worldwide and the hashtag #SaudiWomenCanDrive gained traction on social media. Below, we've rounded up some of the best Internet reactions to the historic decision:
Let's not forget #Saudi rights campaigners Loujain Hathloul & Maysaa Alamoudi who protested to end driving ban & were once jailed for it. pic.twitter.com/fypUbiIFN6— Amro Ali (@_amroali) September 26, 2017
The best thing about this news is, the whole world is happy for us !CONGRATZZZ ladies#SaudiWomenCanDrive #الملك_ينتصر_لقياده_المراه pic.twitter.com/IAxTepr49u— Dr. Eman Saad (@AlSaad_1) September 26, 2017