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Kuwait Parliament Welcomes Women

Amazing news from the Persian Gulf: Kuwait's parliament is welcoming its first female members. Four women won parliamentary seats in general elections Saturday in the conservative state, whose parliament has been ruled by men for almost 50 years. Although women were granted the right to vote and run for office four years ago, they failed to gain a seat in two previous elections. U.S.-educated university instructor Aseel al-Awadhi and economist Rola Dashti, chair of the Kuwait Economists Society, were among four women who won seats.