Extraordinary Women

For a period which ended 2,500 bc ours was a matriarchal world. History does not tell us how well the women did because history [his-story] was written by later men. The men took over about 2,500 bc and how well they have done in organizing and running society is at best debatable. During the 4,500 years of patriarchal rule the women nevertheless continued to make exceptional contributions to society and in this volume the reader will find a generous sampling of extraordinary women. And they are not just writers and women of the stage but also the rulers of nations, generals leading troops and even a female pirate!

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For a peri­od which end­ed 2,500 bc ours was a matri­ar­chal world. His­to­ry does not tell us how well the women did because his­to­ry [his-sto­ry] was writ­ten by lat­er men. The men took over about 2,500 bc and how well they have done in orga­niz­ing and run­ning soci­ety is at best debat­able. Dur­ing the 4,500 years of patri­ar­chal rule the women nev­er­the­less con­tin­ued to make excep­tion­al con­tri­bu­tions to soci­ety and in this vol­ume the read­er will find a gen­er­ous sam­pling of extra­or­di­nary women. And they are not just writ­ers and women of the stage but also the rulers of nations, gen­er­als lead­ing troops and even a female pirate!

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