Book Review for WHEN WOMEN RULED THE WORLD by Kara Cooney

WHEN WOMEN RULED THE WORLD: Six Queens of Egypt by Kara Cooney
National Geographic
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Book Review for WHEN WOMEN RULED THE WORLD by Kara Cooney

I have always been fascinated with Egyptian culture, so when I read about this book, I was really excited. This culture is so rich and had strong women as leaders long before other countries would even think of having a woman in a place of power. For feminists and history buffs, this is a great read. Cooney breathes life into this ancient society and the women who ruled. Also, the undercurrent of feminism throughout all the stories really makes you think. All in all, a book well worth picking up.

Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher and TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.


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.

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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 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.


Book Details:

Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: National Geographic (October 30, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1426219776
ISBN-13: 978-1426219771

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