She is an outlier, but she couldn’t care less.
Sara Bahai is a single, 40-year-old woman who works as a taxi driver in conservative Afghanistan. In fact, she is the first and only Afghan female driver in recent memory.
Bahai became the breadwinner of her 15-member family after her brother-in-law was murdered by Taliban insurgents in the 1990s. Today, she financially supports her sister and her seven children, Bahai’s ailing mother and two adopted sons who study in high school. She did not marry because a husband, she believed, would never let her work. She earns between $10 and $20 daily.
To get her license, she took a class with 30 other men. They weren’t exactly supportive. A male fellow driver was so outraged that hereportedly told her
, “If you don’t feel shame, I feel shame for you.”
Only 10 people in the class got their license. Bahai was among them.
Bahai struggles on a day-to-day basis, too. Afghan men…