Women’slives in were way better as they were seen as the mainpillar that holds together the bond within a family. They did get thesame legal and economic rights just as the Egyptian men. The Egyptianwomen did have various advantages as they could acquire possessionsin many ways which included the receiving of gifts from ones parentsor husband. This went further to them being in a position ofobtaining inheritance from both the woman’s parents to her husband.A woman had the right to claim and ask for one third of the propertyin her marriage which is communal.
Egyptianwomen had rights that extended to all legal matters that were withinthe Egyptian civilization areas,this ensured that they were neveroppressed by the male individuals and at the same period it ensuredthat they got the same treatment as men. Basically in Ancient timethe Egyptian women obtained the same legal rights as men as socialclass was what brought about any difference, gender was never ahindrance to the way women were treated. During the Ancient era,women were able own, manage and sell any private property which theypossessed. This meant that they had the will to own servants,livestock’s, goods clearly that were portable and money.Evidentlyin the women were not only considered as equals amongstmen, apart from some few occasions and parts which were strictly maledominated parts I t still can be said that they did get respected.
Cleopatrawas once a queen in Egypt who came into power after the death ofPtolemy who was her father. When defining Cleopatra, she getsportrayed in several different ways, she has been described as awoman who not only had remarkable beauty, but also as a woman who hada strong will to lead her people. Cleopatra was a woman of the kindthat was bold enough to take on men in an already male dominatedworld and left an impact in history of how she ruled. She had beenable to set an impact in history yet she was a woman in a societythat did not consider a woman as a leader. Cleopatra was an importantleader as she was amongst the very few female leaders during her timethat had power which other women could not access.
Cleopatraskills of leadership which she had acquired from her father’s rulemade her powerful for she knew the right things to first considerbefore one tries to gain power, she tackled the main areas whichother leaders seemed to assume and ignore which include poverty andhunger. Through her different manner of ruling which did not includeself-interest like her father, did grant her the chance to win overthe people. Cleopatra did show her people that she did care for theirlives by ensuring that she did her best to ensure that Egyptians hada great life. She was considered as a leader who was intelligent whoalso used her charming and attraction to gain what she wanted.
Through her intriguing personal, she had captured the interest andimagination of not one but two Caesars who were never able to controlher. The two Caesars wanted to see through the expansion of the RomanEmpire which she did not want for her people, Cleopatra did take theadvantage that the Caesars desired her and by this she ensured herpeople dint face war or hunger. As the oldest child after herfather’s death, Cleopatra inherited the throne which was rightfullysupposed to be inherited by her younger brother whom on the other endwas far too young to rule(Wilkinson, 2010).For a woman leaderCleopatra did face the main challenge of being looked down by themale dominated society, she did also face another challenge whichincluded other people wanting her throne including her brother whotried to assassinate her so as to be the main ruler. This was justamongst the several challenges she faced as a woman who can clearlybe seen to involve family struggles(Wilkinson, 2010).
Beinga woman in a time when male domination was at its peak was never aneasy factor to deal with, but with her determination to be a betterleader than her father was did motivate her into proving people wrongthat a woman can never become a better leader just as aman(Wilkinson, 2010). In this particular case she was able to providea better ruling situation than other male counterparts who ruledbefore her. She spoke with and for the people this led to her beingadmired in Egypt and around the world.The legacy that Cleopatra leftwas of a woman who had determination within herself to rule herpeople in a just and equal manner. She was a ruler who had a courseto help her people and she made history by being the last pharaoh torule Egypt and more so as a woman(Wilkinson, 2010).
Wilkinson,Toby A. Therise and fall of ancient Egypt: the history of a civilization from3000 BC to Cleopatra. London NewYork: Bloomsbury, 2010. Print.