About 40 women drove vehicles Friday to protest an age-old law forbidding them the right to drive. Momentum has been building since a woman driver last month was arrested and detained for more than a week.
"We want women from today to begin exercising their rights," said Wajeha al-Huwaidar, a Saudi women's rights activist who posted Internet clips of herself driving in 2008. "Today on the roads is just the opening in a long campaign. We will not go back."
Activists have not appealed for mass protests in any specific sites in Saudi Arabia, but are urging Saudi women to begin a growing mutiny against the male-only driving rules supported by clerics backing austere interpretations of Islam and enforced by powerful morality squads.
No arrests were made Friday, but one woman got a ticket for driving without a license. Many women say they now have their husbands' support.
The Associated Press contributed to this story