As I noted above, the initiative has not been taken by the women themselves to promote this idea or suffer through any cause. Civil rights movements have generally throughout history been grass roots movements in which the majority of people are affected by a certain cause, organize themselves and by some means are able to voice their struggles. By working through the difficulties and paving the way for others while correcting ill conceived perceptions of those dominant in power, progress is made for a unified cause.
Locally, within the country I do not see this happening. Women are slowly gaining employment by encouragement from the government, though the cultural norms and social norms are still dominating. Due to the high rates of unemployment and out of sheer necessity, many families are accepting their daughters working (around males) though it is still a relatively new concept for the majority of people. These are the lower classes.
The upper classes do not face financial difficulties, nor do the women (with the exception of the minority) take initiatives to handle their own inheritances/businesses and allow brothers or dominant husbands to control their share of the wealth. Of course, their lives are comfortable and there is no need at this point. Again, the cultural norms, are dictating this behavior.
The middle classes are in between. The women are currently comfortable enough, depend on a male relative for all their needs and have little to no responsibilities in life. A house maid cares for the children, a driver drives them to school and they do not have the large funds required to travel or have any type of assets/financial interests to look after. These are the majority within the country, and yet they are comfortable enough with their lives to stay silent, yet not comfortable enough to achieve fulfillment in terms of contributing to society. A catch 22 indeed! I do not know when the "limbo" will be tipped over, perhaps with the decline in the economy, men may become tired of being the sole person responsible for the entire household and hope for a more supportive spouse.
Then there are the daughters of executives within Saudi Companies who obtain positions within companies and appear to be a model for middle class Saudi women to emulate. Unfortunately, their behavior is not replicated easily, nor are they role models as their "jobs" were attained through corruption and special favors. The average Saudi woman can not use these women as mentors, as to obtain these "jobs" through standard channels is a great struggle, So these handful of women have done nothing to pave the way for future generations, and are happy just receiving their paychecks. Though these women are few in number, their hypocrisy is particularly damaging as they are presented as advocates of women's rights and shroud the true Saudi woman's struggle. You will find these women in newspaper articles being paraded about what a typical Saudi woman is able to accomplish with hard work and a keen mind. However, when the Saudi women struggle and do not attain what these "daughters" have attained, they become discouraged and resentful without understanding the key concepts of the rampant discrimination that is still heavily prevalent within the society.
In light of all the social intricacies within the society, I am sure that it is poverty alone and the struggles of the lower classes that will bring Women's Rights to the country. As they say, necessity is the mother of invention.....