The Women of Ancient Egypt


Joshua J. Mark
published on 28 February 2024

The women of ancient Egypt were highly regarded. Although the man was the head of the household, the woman made sure that household functioned as it was supposed to. Female deities were among the most popular in ancient Egypt and so it is no surprise that women enjoyed a higher status there than in many other ancient civilizations.

This collection presents a series of articles on women in ancient Egypt, excluding specific articles on female rulers which are covered in the collection on Queens of Egypt.



Questions & Answers

Why were women valued so highly in ancient Egypt?

The ancient Egyptians valued the feminine principle, as exemplified in their many goddesses, and so women were regarded highly.

Could women own and sell property in ancient Egypt?

Yes. Many women owned, managed, and sold property in ancient Egypt.

Were women the first brewers in ancient Egypt?

Yes. Women were the first brewers in ancient Egypt until it was taken over by men.

Could women be doctors in ancient Egypt?

Yes. There is evidence of great female physicians in ancient Egypt dating back to the Early Dynastic Period in Egypt (c. 3150-c. 2613 BCE).

About the Author

Joshua J. Mark
Joshua J. Mark is World History Encyclopedia's co-founder and Content Director. He was previously a professor at Marist College (NY) where he taught history, philosophy, literature, and writing. He has traveled extensively and lived in Greece and Germany.

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