In 1990, Saudi Arabia officially banned women from driving in response to a protest that saw 49 women demand their rights.  

Nearly two decades later, the kingdom has finally decided to lift the ban.

Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world where women are barred from driving. 

The decision - which was issued on Tuesday - was announced in a royal decree broadcast on state television. The decree mandates the creation of a ministerial body to give advice on the practicalities of the order within 30 days and a full implementation of the order by June 2018.

Also, any change in the law must "apply and adhere to the necessary Sharia standards," according to the decree

Following the news, many celebrities and activists spoke up in celebration of the long-awaited change. 

Kris Jenner congratulated all Saudi women

Rihanna posted a caricature in celebration of the news

Lebanese singer Elissa called on Saudi women to "drive to happiness"

Even Dua Lipa welcomed the "step towards equality"

Ivanka Trump called it a "historic day"

Secretary General of the UN gave his two cents

American writer and civil rights activist Shaun King expressed pride

Enter Saudi women's rights activists: Manal Al Sharif, Loujain Hathloul, Ms. Saffaa to name a few

Author, speaker and internationally renowned Saudi activist Manal Al Sharif was jailed in 2011 for going against the driving ban in Saudi Arabia. 

Al Sharif was jailed for 9 days because she was caught driving a car. Days after her release from prison, the defiant activist moved to Sydney - where she bought a car earlier this year after obtaining a 10-year driver's license.

Another activist, Loujain al-Hathloul was detained in 2014 for driving in protest of the law. She was detained for 73 days for attempting to drive across the border from the UAE to Saudi Arabia as a part of a campaign to grant Saudi Arabian women the right to drive.

Journalist Maysaa Al Amoudi was also arrested at the same time as Hathloul for also attempting to drive across the border into Saudi Arabia in defiance of the ban. 

Kuwaiti blogger and entrepreneur Ascia kept it simple: "you have won"

Emirati Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs in the UAE called it a "new era"

"It was always Saudi women's right"

Saudi TV host said his car is up for sale ... at a reasonable price

Egyptian activist Mona Eltahawy welcomed Saudi to "the 21st century"

Saudi women's rights activist Ms. Saffaa asks: "Will Saudi apologize to the 49 women of 1990?"

In November 1990, 49 Saudi women went behind the wheel in a silent protest for women's rights. 

The women grouped themselves in 15 cars and drove the streets of Riyadh. 

It was a peaceful ride, up until the kingdom's religious police caught them. 

Soon after, the Saudi interior ministry imposed a ban on women driving, labeling female drivers "portents of evil," according to The Guardian