Women in Ancient Egypt
In the ancient world, Egypt stood out as a land where women were treated
differently. In Egypt, The women likewise carry burdens upon their shoulders
while the men carry them upon their heads. Women were much freer than their
counterparts in other lands... though they were not equal with men, both men and
women in Egypt accepted that everyone had their roles in live.
Women and Law
Egyptian women stood as equals
to the men. Women could inherit, purchase, and make legal contracts if she
wishes. (Though she was married), She was allowed to live life as a single
woman, without male guardians. (So this is very different from the norms of the
rest of the world).
In marriage, assets
acquired together by the couple were shared , a wife was entitled to a share of
these communal assets. She could pass on her own assets, and her share of the
marital assets, to her children as she saw it fit.
So do not be surprised if the Pharaonic Egypt was able to advance in all
fields of civilization and cultural, due to the participation of Egyptian women
in a serious and effective public and private activities in the nation, leading
to stability and creative thinking to work to improve the ways of life and
progress, and thus became the Pharaonic Egypt is home to all the elements of
human civilization the world has ever known after that.
The women continued to lead the Egyptian role in building the greatest
civilization, this role was appreciated by Herodotus as his observations on
Egypt, where he said: "Indeed this country, where women go to markets and
liberalize trade and work contracts." Until the
Ptolemy occupation came to Egypt
year 332 BC began with the Egyptians and the resistance to Egyptian women, and
the case has become the presence of the occupation of Egypt Ptolemy threatened
with extinction until the year 222 BC When the Governor of Egypt Patlmy "Velopatur,"
which was issued in his name known as the law provides for the deprivation of
the Egyptian women the right to dispose of their economies and financial family.