Empress Hatshep Picture

This work in progress picture is inspired by ancient Egyptian mythology. I will make the head bigger and make a few extra anatomical corrections. Typically women in power in Egypt(pharaohs) were rare and their reigns were never for very long, typically near the end of a line when no males were available to fill the role. Hatshepsut was the most famous example of this, assuming power in place of the male pharaoh who was far too young to rule. In history she was referred to herself as a man, as was the tradition. Much of her existence and achievements were erased, similar to Nefertiti, by the coming pharaohs, or credited in their names instead of hers.

Women were also sometimes given the role of High Priest in a city, a powerful position considering how much religion ruled the lives of the people. These High Priestesses were considered as a "wife" to the deity. Women of Egypt were generally given a lot more freedom and rights compared to the other civilizations of the period, and even had the "take half" on successful divorce policy which was very contemporary for the time.
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