Hatshepsut As pharaoh, Hatshepsut (reigned from c1479 1458 bc) was different she was a woman. Customarily Egyptian culture restricted kingship to men



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Hatshepsut
As pharaoh, Hatshepsut (reigned from c1479 - 1458 BC) was different - she was a woman. Customarily Egyptian culture restricted kingship to men, but Hatshepsut's determination and cunning silenced her enemies and enhanced her reputation. 

Ancient Egyptian society gave women far more respect than most other societies of the time. But it was still extremely unusual for a woman to become pharaoh

A man's world

Despite their relatively high status, many thought that it was fundamentally wrong for a woman to rule. So Hatshepsut had to spend her reign securing her position and fighting to be seen as a legitimate ruler. 

After the death of her father, Tuthmosis I, Hatshepsut became queen to Tuthmosis II, her half-brother. After he died, power passed to her stepsonTuthmosis III, while he was still a small boy. 




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