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In Saudi Arabia, women couldn’t drive cars until last year. This Saudi woman races one.
SNETTERTON, United Kingdom—Reema Juffali is much too modest to admit it, but she’s a role model for young women around the globe. In particular, she’s a trailblazer for those in her native Saudi Arabia, where deeply entrenched patriarchal laws have for centuries gone unchallenged.
Juffali in 2018 made history by becoming the country’s first female race car driver to compete in a major event when she took her spot on the starting line of the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.
This April, the 27-year-old Northeastern graduate made her British Formula Four debut at Brands Hatch—a racetrack in the southeastern English county of Kent. Since then, she’s secured the national carrier airline of Saudi Arabia as her sponsor and is injecting some much-needed diversity into the male-dominated world of motorsports.