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Saudi women allowed to attend a soccer game for the first time

Female Saudi supporters attend their teams football match in the Saudi Pro League at the King Abdullah Sports City.
Female Saudi supporters attend their teams football matchat the King Abdullah Sports City. Photo: STRINGER / AFP / Getty Images

Women in Saudi Arabia were, for the first time, allowed to attend a soccer game at a public stadium in the kingdom, according to the New York Times.

Why it matters: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in October he aims to return Saudi Arabia to "moderate Islam." He has allowed women to drive, and per the Times has "placed women in prominent positions they would have never held before."