The World’s First
It’s no secret that some countries hold different values from each other. For instance, in the United States, you’re more than free to punch a Nazi in his face (we think), while in Saudi Arabia, only recently were women allowed to sit behind the steering wheel of a car.
Sarah Attar, however, set a new milestone for women’s achievements in her ultra-conservative country. She became the first-ever Saudi Arabian, alongside judo martial artist Wojdan Shaherkani, to compete in the Olympics. She did so in two consecutive Olympic Games—in 2012 and 2016. Neither of them would take home medals, but they’ve accomplished something that the entire world had been wanting for years—female representation from Saudi Arabia.