Female rulers are a rare phenomenonbut thousands of years ago in ancient Egypt, women reigned supreme. Regularly, repeatedly, and with impunity, queens like Hatshepsut, Nefertiti, and Cleopatra controlled the totalitarian state as power-brokers and rulers. But throughout human history, women in positions of power were more often used as political pawns in a male-dominated society. What was so special about ancient Egypt that provided women this kind of access to the highest political office? What was it about these women that allowed them to transcend patriarchal obstacles? What did Egypt gain from its liberal reliance on female leadership, and could today's world learn from its example?
Celebrated Egyptologist Kara Cooney delivers a fascinating tale of female power, exploring the reasons why it has seldom been allowed through the ages, and why we should care.
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Table of Contents
Ancient Egypt Chronology 6
Introduction: Why Women Don't Rule the World 9
Chapter 1 Merneith | Queen of Blood 23
Chapter 2 Neferusobek | The Last Woman Standing 59
Chapter 3 Hatshepsut | Queen of Public Relations 99
Chapter 4 Nefertiti | More Than Just a Pretty Face 161
Chapter 5 Tawosret | The Survivor 209
Chapter 6 Cleopatra | Drama Queen 253
Epilogue: Why Women Should Rule the World 311
Further Reading and Essential Resources 376