Inspirational Women in History The role of women throughout mankind has been a dynamic and ever

1900 Words8 Pages
Inspirational Women in History
The role of women throughout mankind has been a dynamic and ever changing role, marked by a constant struggle for equality and respect with the male counterpart. Hatshepsut, the female pharaoh of the ancient Egypt conquered her brothers for access to the throne! Cleopatra, a Hollywood phenomenon, actually partnered with Caesar of Rome and led her land to great prosperity. Joan of Arc, who continually inspires literature and works of art today, started as a peasant woman in France. At the young age of sixteen she became the commander of the French army. All three of these women took very different paths to reach their positions of authority. And yet, one of the most prominent strands of similarity they hold
…show more content…
At first she continued serving in the traditional role of a queen. Nevertheless, for reasons still unclear to historians, she one day declared that she would assume the role of pharaoh. Hatshepsut demanded that she had been, “handpicked by her father, above her two brothers and her half-brother” (Bediz, David. "The Story of Hatshepsut.") In this time period the concept of a female pharaoh was unrivalled and unheard of.
Similar to the struggles faced by Hatshepsut; in 49 B.C. Cleopatra struggled in a battle of her own with her brother for the throne of Egypt. At this time, “Pharaoh Ptolemy XIII- also her husband and, by the terms of their father’s will, her co-ruler- had driven his sister from the palace” (Crawford, Amy. "Who Was Cleopatra?") She was driven away by her brother because of her effort to become the solitary ruler of Egypt. A woman of strong will, she could not be kept away long. Cleopatra was only in her twenties at the time. After her brother forced her out of the palace of Alexandria she, “fled to Syria and returned with a mercenary army, setting up camp just outside the capital” (Crawford, Amy. "Who Was Cleopatra?") While Cleopatra had been in exile Caesar of Rome came to visit his Egyptian allies. Soon the Caesar, “found himself drawn into the family feud” (Crawford, Amy. "Who Was Cleopatra?") Rome and Egypt had been allies for decades. Caesar had Egypt’s best interest at heart, ultimately because the

More about Inspirational Women in History The role of women throughout mankind has been a dynamic and ever

Get Access