As we approach the 2016 election with the first real chance we have for a female president–feelings for Hilary aside–it has been interesting to see just how uncomfortable the idea of a woman in power really makes people. And by people…well…you know what I mean.
There haven’t been many, proportionally, but the women who do make it to the top of the food chain always have fascinating stories to tell. And so I have been lining my bookshelves with them. Whether they are seeking notoriety for power’s sake, revenge against men who have torn them down, or they just want to make the right changes happen–these women put their stamp on our world in a variety of magnificent ways. MORE WOMEN AT THE TOP PLEASE!
The latest of these women to find their way to my shelves is Hatshepsut. in The Woman Who Would Be King, Kara Cooney tells the history of this ancient Egyptian woman who was not satisfied as the King’s Great Wife, or even High Priestess. No way. When her husband died, leaving his son, and her nephew, as his successor, rather than stay as his regent, she named herself Co-King. Senior Co-King, to be exact. During her reign, Egypt prospered, and she built an empire.
This book, of course, is fascinating. Hatshepsut isn’t well known–like Cleopatra or Nefertiti–as her nephew destroyed many of her statues and temples after she died. She also didn’t live her life with much drama. She was all business and ambition, and she was very pious. But oh how she ruled. She was no queen. Hatshepsut was KING and had all the power behind it. In ancient Egypt, that was a big deal. Hell, it’s still a big deal in 2016.
Definitely check this awesome woman out. Also, kudos to whoever did the cover design.
- She’s not whitewashed. This is a gorgeous, fierce black woman, just as she should be.
- They put a metallic overlay on the whole front so she positively glows.
- Seriously, it’s just gorgeous.
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