Bloomberg quotes Rafik Hariri Center Associate Director Stefanie Hausheer Ali on how the changing economic situation in Saudi Arabia is driving more women into the workforce:
With living and housing costs rising and the oil price back below $50, there’s just less wealth to spread around given the tripling of the population since the 1970s oil boom. The bottom line is a woman’s place can no longer be at home if the menfolk want to maintain the living standards they’re accustomed to.
“It’s getting to the point where they need two incomes if they want to live in a certain way,” said Stefanie Hausheer Ali, associate director at Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East in Washington. “In 15 years, we’re going to see more of this shift.”