The number of men and women in the world is roughly equal, yet they don’t always enjoy equal rights in civil, political, economic, social and cultural matters.
In this post, you'll discover five women who, despite, left their mark in ancient civilizations.
Eighteenth dynasty Egyptian women enjoyed several freedoms unique to their time. They were able to own property, work outside the home, bring about legal action, live alone. Queen Nefertiti ruled alongside Amenhotep IV (Akhenaten). Following death of her daughter Meritaten, she vanished. No record has been found to detail her own death, her mummy has yet to be found.
Hatshepsut reigned Egypt from 1478-1458 BCE, longer than any other woman of an indigenous Egyptian dynasty. Her successful expeditions to Punt were some of her crowning achievements.
Boudica was a Celtic queen of the Iceni tribe in England. She led a revolt against the Romans approximately 17 years after Rome’s invasion of Britain that resulted in the destruction of at least two Roman settlements.
Hypatia is considered to be one the great thinkers of ancient Alexandria. Her contributions to astronomy and science include the charting of celestial bodies and, according to some sources, the invention of the hydrometer. In 415 AD, she was attacked by a mob, and beaten to death with what are thought to be roofing tiles.
Wang Zhenyi is remembered as a famous female scientist from the Qing dynasty. Although she lived in a feudal society, she held a progressive belief that a woman could display her talents to the fullest.