Lately I have been very harsh on the Saudis. Now it is time for some good news.

Fist Saudi woman on bank board

RIYADH: Saudi businesswoman Lubna Olayan has become the first female board member of a Saudi listed firm, bankers said yesterday. Saudi Hollandi Bank said Olayan was elected to a three-year term on the bank’s board by shareholders at a meeting late on Tuesday."She is the first woman on the board of a Saudi joint stock company," a bank spokesman said.
Olayan delivered a passionate plea for equality for Saudi women when she opened a high-profile economic forum in Jeddah attended by former US President Bill Clinton in January.
"My vision is of a country … in which any Saudi citizen, irrespective of gender, who is serious about finding employment, can find a job in the field for which he or she is best qualified," Olayan told the conference.
This week Saudi women voted directly for the first time in elections for the board of Riyadh’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry. They were not able to stand as candidates.

Source: [Gulf Daily News]