While we are advanced enough to able to take photos right next to Pluto, the fact that women are still not considered human beings in Saudi Arabia is unfortunately still a thing. These women might indeed have the most difficult life. Saudi Arabia scored 134th out of 145 in the Gender Inequality Index. Here are the major restrictions these women face.
1. All women, including foreigners, have to wear black and abaya. They have to cover themselves from head to toe, neither to be seen.
2. Women make up only the 5% of the work force in Saudi Arabia, and they are mostly only allowed to work separately from men. This country has the lowest rate of women in the task force.
3. While women didn't used to be allowed to drive, now they can (with limitations).
4. Three young men were deported because they were "too" handsome and could cause women to sin.
5. The Islamic police force, put together by the state, follow women everywhere -just like a shadow- and control if women act according to sharia or not.
6. While women could work as a cashier before, a fatwa forbade it because it meant that women would be in the same room as men they weren't related to, which is against sharia.
7. If a woman takes a cab without a supervising male relative, she is seen as immoral.
8. Women aren't allowed to sit at a cafe without a "family section." Let alone sitting, they are even not allowed to order takeout from fast food restaurants if the cashier isn't separate.
9. The couple who is supposed to get married aren't allowed to see each other. The mother of the man goes and sees the bride-to-be and "asks to take her" if she likes her.
10. Saudi Arabia is building cities where only women will be allowed to work, in order to include more women in the workforce.
11. Women don't have the right to vote and run for election
12. Saudi Arabia was the only country that didn't send any female athletes to the Olympics until the 2012 London Olympics.
13. In some parts of the country, female circumcision is still mandatory.
14. It is almost torture for a woman to eat in public: they have to eat under their face veil.
15. In court, the testimony of two women is equal to that of one man.
16. The women, who are too scared of the Islamic religious police to go out alone, have to have their husbands' or fathers' permission to leave the country.
17. Riyadh is the only city where women can use public transportation. There are separate sections for men and women, though.
18. Cinema was forbidden for 30 years, but it came to Riyadh for the first time. The women weren't allowed to see the movies that men and girls under 10 years could watch.
19. One of the most prominent muftis of the country said that exposing both eyes is arousing and that's why women should wear special veils, exposing only one eye.
20. Women are allowed to go to a university, but they have to be separated from men. If the professor is a man, they can only follow the lecture with a video/audio system.
21. In case of a divorce or widowing, the women is given the custody of her son only before he is 7, and her daughter before she is 9.
22. Women aren't allowed to be judges at the court, or have any other high government job.
23. In Saudi Arabia, if a woman doesn't make coffee for her husband, it is grounds for divorce.
24. Women can't open bank accounts on behalf of their kids without their husband's permission.
25. Although it isn't forbidden for women to work, there are some conditions involved for her to be able to find employment.
26. The supreme court sentenced a 19-year old woman in 2006 to 200 whips and 6 months in prison for having intercourse with a man after she was attacked and raped by 7 men.
27. A female doctor isn't allowed to treat a male patient; but a male doctor can treat a female patient, depending on the family and the relatives of the woman.
BONUS: Another religious authority 'forbade' women from touching food such as bananas, carrots, zucchini, cucumbers, etc; claiming that these look like male genital organs and that could cause women to have sexual thoughts.