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Book Club

February 13, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Book Club Meets
Monday, February 13 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt
 by Kara Cooney

Shelley Schweitzer hosts (Address included in confirmation email)
Dianne Digianantonio facilitates

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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; however, 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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February 13, 2023
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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