I have long been a fan of ancient civilizations so when TLC Book Tours offered me the opportunity to read When Women Ruled the World by Kara Cooney I was one happy woman. They sent me this amazing book from National Geographic at no charge for my honest review.
About When Women Ruled the World:
• Hardcover: 400 pages
• Publisher: National Geographic (October 30, 2018)
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.
About Kara Cooney:
KARA COONEY is a professor of Egyptology at UCLA. Her academic work focuses on death preparations, afterlife beliefs, and gender studies. She has participated in digs with the Metropolitan Museum of New York at the Royal Pyramid complex of Senwosret III and the Theban Necropolis with Johns Hopkins University. She appeared as a lead expert in the popular Discovery Channel special The Secrets of Egypt’s Lost Queen, and is a recurring team member of the History Channel’s Digging for the Truth. Her book The Woman Who Would Be King was published in 2014.
This is a truly fascinating look at 6 queens of Egypt. Some of them you will have heard of, others perhaps not. The ruling families of this part of the world have long held interest for a lot of people and each year more information seems to be found about different eras and the kings and queens that reigned. Often times women have been overlooked in history – even Cleopatra is seen more as foil to Caesar and Marc Antony than as an intelligent ruler in her own right.
This book chronicles what little is known about these amazing women that took charge when they had to to secure the throne for their people and for their sons. Yes, in many cases it wasn’t that the woman was deemed wise or appropriate but was the mother of the next in line. But when given the chance – she made things happen. As long as they were still perceived as abiding by the rules of the day for the weaker sex. Don’t overstep your boundaries little lady…..
Their stories are rich and it’s important that they not be forgotten. This book assures that a new generation will learn about them and keep their memories alive.