Saudi Arabian King Abdullah has graciously extended the right to vote to women and is even allowing them to run for public office.

While it’s big news for the region, the new ruling won’t go into effect until 20-15 which means they won’t be able to vote in this week’s elections.

Women there are barred from driving, can’t open a bank account, get a passport or even go to school without a male chaperone.

Still, the move is a major step forward for half of the population of a country that isn’t exactly renowned for its stellar record on human rights.

Now they just need someone to drive them to the polls.