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Ancient Egypt: Cradle of Gender Equality
Ancient Egypt: Cradle of Gender Equality
WhenThursday, Jan. 9, 2020, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Campus locationSmith Hall (SMI)
Campus roomSMITH 105
Event typesAcademics, Lectures/Seminars
Event sponsorsA Lecture by the American Research Center in Egypt – Northwest Chapter
Co-sponsored by the Dept. of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, University of Washington and Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies
Description

Unlike most other ancient societies, Egyptian women achieved parity with Egyptian men.  The disparities between people’s legal and economic rights were based on differences in social class not gender. The wife, mother or daughter of a king or prominent official could wield considerable influence. On rare occasions a woman might even assume the full mantle of royal power and rule as king. In this lecture the archaeological record and art will demonstrate how ancient Egyptian women were depicted in literary compositions; in property and contract law; in public and private life; and in religion and mythology.

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