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Kara Cooney on Stage presenting When Women Ruled the World Kara Cooney on Stage presenting When Women Ruled the World Kara Cooney on Stage presenting When Women Ruled the World

Kimmel Center Presents

When Women Ruled the World with Egyptologist Kara Cooney




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When it comes to women in power, we’ve come a long way…right? Join Dr. Kara Cooney, professor of Egyptology, for a look at a time in ancient history when women ruled the world. Often neglected in history books, these women were considered exceptions to the rule, political pawns in a patriarchal society. But their power and influence is undeniable. Cleopatra used her sexuality – and her money – to build alliances with warlords of the Roman empire. Neferusobek was the first woman to definitively take the title of King. Neferiti is known more for her beauty than for bringing a fractured Egypt together. What can we learn from how these women ruled? Dr. Cooney shares some illuminating answers.

“Cooney provides welcome insights into pharaonic politics while bringing numerous little-known Egyptian women to the fore.”
Kirkus Reviews

“an introduction to ancient Egyptian society and beliefs centered around elite women’s experiences.”

“her stories of these remarkable women…will enchant those wishing to imagine what ancient Egyptian court life was like.”
Publishers Weekly

Miller Theater

(Formerly Merriam Theater)

250 S Broad St

Philadelphia, PA 19102

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