As I wrote last time, the first woman I shall write about was a woman who tried to rule in a man's world. She grew up in a society where only the men had a say about what was right and wrong. This may seem odd in our world today, but in her world there was never a question about it,so therefore nobody ever asked.Well that is until she came along...
She was born into a very wealthy family, and it must have been to her advantage that she was born first. In the year she turned 12, her father suddenly died and this lead to her leaving her childhood behind and stepping into the adult world. This meant that she would become a wife to her half brother and a queen to her country.
After 15 years of being queen, things changed. Her husband, the ruler, died, creating a whole new situation for the country. With no ruler and the male heir far too young to make any decisions for himself or for a whole country, somebody needed to step in, but who?
Well She, she did.
With all the power and courage that she had, she took a stand and declared herself ruler of her country.
She became fairly popular with the people, despite being female, by going to foreign countries and bringing back gold and exotic goods for her people. However, there was a problem in her country which bothered her and many others.
She did not automatically have the respect of the religious and political leaders because she was not a man. Knowing this must have been disturbing for the competent leader because what could she do about this? It`s not like she could change into a man over night, or could she?
She did the unexpected and ditched her kalasiris (a long linen dress worn by females) and welcomed the shendyt (a skirt worn by males) along with a false metal beard. In other words you could say she dressed as a man.There are many speculations about this action but it is said that she believed that she would be taken more seriously and given more respect if she portrayed herself as a man,
In 2015, this tactic seems a bit silly. Today we are taught to be proud of who you are and not let the opinions of others affect you. However, she lived in another time where a woman was not allowed to be the supreme ruler of a country, and I do admire her for trying her best to secure her position as a leader.
So who is this woman who dressed as a man in order to rule her country?
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Sources on next blogpost!