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Michelle Obama Took A Stand In Saudi Arabia And She’s In Good Company

Michelle Obama has been immensely supported by the media for taking a stand in Saudi Arabia by respectfully choosing not to wear a headscarf in support of women everywhere.  People have said that it is a symbol to demonstrate women should not be muted or denied access to simple rights like driving a car or access to education.  This tradition has been long standing and although there is a lot of progress in this area, we have so much more work to do.

Michelle Obama is among many other powerful women who have also taken a stand for women everywhere.

via Think Progress: “PHOTOS: Female Leaders Besides Michelle Obama Who Didn’t Wear A Headscarf In Saudi Arabia”

Michelle Obama paid her respects for the late king of Saudi Arabia along with her husband Barack Obama on Tuesday.

Michelle Obama paid her respects for the late king of Saudi Arabia along with her husband Barack Obama on Tuesday.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel goes bare-headed in Saudi Arabian King's Palace May 2010.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel goes bare-headed in Saudi Arabian King’s Palace May 2010.

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No scarf for U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when she met with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal, right, and Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled al-Hamad Al-Sabah in March 2012.

No scarf for U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when she met with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal, right, and Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled al-Hamad Al-Sabah in March 2012.

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First Lady Laura Bush had tea sans headscarf with Saudi King Abdullah at the Riyadh Airport in May 2008.

First Lady Laura Bush had tea sans headscarf with Saudi King Abdullah at the Riyadh Airport in May 2008.

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Although she did try one one on in a visit to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 2007.

Although she did try one one on in a visit to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 2007.

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Condoleezza Rice arrived in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia without a scarf in hand (or on head) in July 2007.

Condoleezza Rice arrived in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia without a scarf in hand (or on head) in July 2007.

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Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice shook hands with Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal after a signing ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in May 2008.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice shook hands with Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal after a signing ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in May 2008.

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As you can see, this is a long standing tradition and it is up to us to continue it forward as we take a stand for women everywhere.

H/T Think Progress