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Women in Ancient Egypt

women in Ancient Egypt

Women of Ancient Egypt had many more rights than most women of other cultures during the same time period. Egyptian women were considered full citizens and could own their own property. After getting married, a woman did not give up property rights to her husband. A divorced woman could claim part of her former husband’s wealth to support herself and her children. When a man went to war, the wife ran the family business in his absence. Women typically had full charge of the home.


Although women in Egypt enjoyed some rights, they were also limited. Most women in Ancient Egypt were not educated to read or write. This severely limited the types of careers in which women could participate.



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