When Women Ruled the World: Queens of Egypt - 92Y, New York

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When Women Ruled the World: Queens of Egypt

Kara Cooney
When Women Ruled the World: Queens of Egypt

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? Egyptologist Kara Cooney answers these questions and more.

Includes lunch

A book signing follows the event.

Kara Cooney

Kara Cooney is a professor of Egyptology at UCLA. Her academic work focuses on death preparations, afterlife beliefs, and gender studies …

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