When Women Ruled the World by Kara Cooney


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“Cooney digs up ancient history to give six notable women the attention they deserve. A celebrated Egyptologist and a professor at UCLA, this work makes me wish I could take her class. Rather than just recount the stories of these incredible leaders, Cooney uses modern political and social events to put them in conversation with our world today. Whether you’re an Egyptian history afficianado, a feminist, or just curious, this book will bring you into a new understanding of these amazing people that we still know so little about.” – Christine

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Female rulers are a rare phenomenon—but 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 male-dominated societies. Why did ancient Egypt provide 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?

In this captivating narrative, 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.

When Women Ruled the World by Kara Cooney
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