Meet Saudi Arabia’s first female racing driver, 27 year-old Reema Juffali

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Saudi Arabia’s first female racing driver is Reema Juffali. She’s a total badass who’s already making history at 27 years old.

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Marie Claire reports that Reema Juffali will be the first Saudi Arabian woman to compete in an international racing series. Here’s why is this so significant.

 

A woman slaying the racing industry

She will be a role model in the male-dominated industry of racing. This pushes boundaries and increases representation. It paves the way for other women to break glass ceiling.

Juffali is about to compete in the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series. What makes this achievement all the more powerful in the context of Saudi Arabian women drivers. Just last year (yip, not long ago), Saudi Arabia lifted the ban on women driving. A few months later, she made history as the country’s first driver to race in the TRD 86 Cup.

She’s doing the damn things. And earlier this year, this star racer made her debut at the F4 British Championship. Her career has been unstoppable and it seems she’s only getting started.

 

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Here’s what she has to say

Reema Juffali is hella excited about the upcoming race, saying:

‘I can’t wait to be out on the track racing on home soil for the first time. The series has highlighted the innovation and progress of motorsport, giving more opportunity for men and women to compete together in cool electric racecars. It’s going to be an amazing weekend and I can’t wait to be out on the grid.’

I mean, her life!

Mark Turner, manager of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series pointed out just how ground-breaking Juffali’s presence is: ‘To have the first Saudi Arabian woman to compete in an international racing series within the Kingdom is a major milestone for the sport, and one Jaguar Racing are immensely proud to be able to support.’

She also posted on Instagram that she’s at a loss for words. She thanked her family and team and said that it’s been a season of many firsts for her.

 

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Saudi Arabian women weren’t allowed to drive last year

Up until last year, Saudi Arabian women weren’t allowed to drive. Then in June 2018, the ban was lifted. And, for the first time, women could take the wheel in this country.

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Not only were women in Saudi Arabia prohibited from driving, but they were also not allowed to travel without a man’s permission. That law only changed this year.

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Needless to say, Saudi Arabian women have beeen facing staunch gender norms, enforced by the law. And so Reema Juffali’s incredible career is totally worth celebrating. Here’s to Saudi Arabia’s first female racing driver, may she continue to leave the patriarchy in her dust.

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