The Changing Face of Saudi Women: addario_04

Saudi women Halal Alhamrani, 38, a kickboxing and boxing instructor and personal trainer trains in her home in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, December 3, 2014.  Long discouraged from sports, especially those that clerics call masculine, urban women are drawn to clubs and home gyms where they can exercise away from men. Halah Alhamrani, 39, teaches kickboxing at her home in Jeddah; she’s a physical trainer, a career that women are taking up despite some hostile response. “Not just men,” says another Jeddah trainer. “A lot of closed-minded women see what we’re doing as a disgrace.”

Saudi women Halal Alhamrani, 38, a kickboxing and boxing instructor and personal trainer trains in her home in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, December 3, 2014. Long discouraged from sports, especially those that clerics call masculine, urban women are drawn to clubs and home gyms where they can exercise away from men. Halah Alhamrani, 39, teaches kickboxing at her home in Jeddah; she’s a physical trainer, a career that women are taking up despite some hostile response. “Not just men,” says another Jeddah trainer. “A lot of closed-minded women see what we’re doing as a disgrace.”