Egyptian women had the same legal and economic rights as
the male in ancient Egypt; they also had many more rights
like the right to marry whomever she liked and get divorced
whenever she wanted. She also owned most of the
belongings in a marriage even though the men looked after
them. Also the women could claim one-third of the property
in her marriage that belonged to the man. No one knows why
these rights existed for the women in Egypt at that time.
Women elsewhere in the world did not enjoy these rights
until later times.
Also Egyptian women could be lower, middle and upper class.
The lower class women were illiterate; the middle class women
were married to Professional men; and upper class women
could read and write.
The kinds of jobs lower class women did were usually slaves
but they sometimes worked as farmers or did work around the
house. They did jobs like: fetching water, weaving, helping
make wines and beers. sometimes they were hired as mourners.
The kinds of jobs middle class women did were usually jobs
limited to the house and family, this was not due to an inferior
legal status but was probably a consequence of having
Upper class women enjoyed a life of leisure and had many
servants to assist them in running their households.
Agriculture Hieroglyphics The Nile River: Gift from the Gods
The Nile River: Everyday Life The Role of Women The Upper Class
Timeline Trade in Ancient Egypt Village Life