Girls will take part in physical education classes from next year after previously being banned from lessons.
The Saudi Shura Council, which advises the government, had given its approval but the decision was initially challenged by conservative clerics who thought PE was immodest.
‘I’m very happy with the issue of the decree and this is a historic day for all Saudi girls in the Kingdom,’ she told Arab News.
‘We don’t have the logistics, location or setting and a decree such as this is not as easy as many believe it is… [but] I’m an optimist and rather than looking back, we should all look forward
Women are still required to get the permission of a male guardian to do most things but they were given the right to vote in 2015 and other progressive changes have also been made.