When Women Ruled the World

Kara Cooney
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.
En mycket gedigen och intressant bok om 6 kvinnor som lyckades ta sig till makten i det antika Egypten, trots den starka patriarkala hierarkin. Det märks att författaren är egyptolog och håller i genusstudier på universitet eftersom boken är full med fakta och författaren redovisar tydligt vad för bevis det finns och vad som är tolkningar/spekulationer. Författarens bakgrund inom genus ger det hela ett annat ljus som sällan märks bland manliga historiker. Många synvinklar och troliga scenarion som man sällan eller aldrig redovisar eller tänker på. En jättebra och otroligt intressant bok!