When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt

When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt

by Kara Cooney

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Overview

This riveting narrative explores the lives of six remarkable female pharaohs, from Hatshepsut to Cleopatra-women who ruled with real power-and shines a piercing light on our own perceptions of women in power today.

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781982523695
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publication date: 11/30/2018
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 1,132,561
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Kara Cooney is a professor of Egyptology at UCLA. Her academic work focuses on death preparations, afterlife beliefs, and gender studies. She is currently investigating coffin reuse during the Bronze Age Collapse, allowing her to examine funerary objects in dozens of museums around the world, including the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, the Louvre in Paris, the British Museum in London, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She appeared as lead expert in the popular Discovery Channel special The Secrets of Egypt's Lost Queen and is the creator and host of Discovery's Out of Egypt. Her book The Woman Who Would Be King was published in 2014. She lives in Los Angeles.


Kara Cooney is a professor of Egyptology at UCLA. Her academic work focuses on death preparations, afterlife beliefs, and gender studies. She is currently investigating coffin reuse during the Bronze Age Collapse, allowing her to examine funerary objects in dozens of museums around the world, including the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, the Louvre in Paris, the British Museum in London, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She appeared as lead expert in the popular Discovery Channel special The Secrets of Egypt's Lost Queen and is the creator and host of Discovery's Out of Egypt. Her book The Woman Who Would Be King was published in 2014. She lives in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why Women Don't Rule the WorldOne. Merneith: Queen of BloodTwo. Neferusobek: The Last Woman StandingThree. Hatshepsut: Queen of Public RelationsFour. Nefertiti: More Than Just a Pretty FaceFive. Tawosret: The SurvivorSix. Cleopatra: Drama QueenEpilogue: Why Women Should Rule the World

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