By: Ahmed Yasser
CAIRO, Feb .12. (SEE) – 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?.
But throughout human history the women in positions of power were more often used as political pawns in a male-dominated society.
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.
This story 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.
While Cooney’s central thesis is compelling it is hard to reconcile the supposed smoothness of Egyptian succession with greed and desire for power that surely arose from the higher nobility.
Cooney, creates an intriguing entry in the ongoing discussion about women’s political roles in ancient Egypt, when striving to apply her singular thesis about a unified political motivation to different women throughout the millennia. The book enchant those wishing to imagine what ancient Egyptian court life was like.