Ancient Egyptian Women

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  • Topic: Marriage, Ancient Egypt, Gender
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Different from most ancient societies, Egyptian women were practically equal with Egyptian men. They enjoyed a lot of the same rights as men. Legal and economic rights were given to both men and women. Publicly and privately a woman’s role was of great importance. But, it was indeed a male- dominated society. It was essential that the wife create a home, care for the children and generally run the household. In general an Egyptian woman was free to go out in public when ever she pleased. She was allowed to live life as a single woman, without male guardians. Lower class women were mostly committed to staying at home and taking care of their children. Wealthier women, on the other hand had a chance to pick their careers. Some chose to be priestesses, hairdressers, or even make-up artist. In fact, other than being a housewife, the most common career for a woman was priesthood. Due to the size and strength of a woman, she only had a certain range of jobs available to her. She was married at the age when the men were starting their job training. A wife could become her husband's manager from time to time. For example, if a husband was gone, she could take charge of his business for him. When a high-class woman got bored, a religious position such as a priestess for a certain god or goddess was encouraged. Egyptian women also had a lot of financial independence. Women even received the same pay as men for the same job. Some royal women controlled the treasury and owned their own land and workshops. Even some non-royal women could purchase and own property and slaves. She could also sell her property and slaves as she wished. Egyptian women had many legal freedoms. She could make all the same legal arrangements as men. Egyptian women could inherit. A woman could make her own will and even chose which children would inherit. She could decide in marriage, divorce, adoptions and even self-enslavement. An Egyptian woman was also allowed the right to sue. Another major...
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