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TIMEGHOST TOP 5 + 1: Extraordinary Women Leaders

In the row of TimeGhost Birthdays it is today – May 10 – Astrid’s. As she is the Queen of F-ing Everything, we felt it was appropriate to look at a top list of some other female leading ladies in history. All hail the queens!

Pharaoh Hatshepsut (ca1507-1458 BC) – She ruled for 21 years and is regarded as one of the most successful Pharaohs, contributing to ancient Egypt rising to the peak of its power. She rebuilt broken down trade networks, and was one of the most prolific builders of the pharaohs with hundreds of commissioned projects.

Empress Theodora (500-548) – Empress of the Byzantine Empire and her husband’s, Justinian I, chief advisor for 21 years. They rebuilt Constantinople and legislated expanded rights of women in divorce and property ownership, introduced death penalty for rape, and banned killing of women who committed adultery.

Empress Wu Zetian (624-705) – The first (and only) woman to rule China as Empress regnant and the de facto ruler for 45 years. Her reign led to a major territorial expansion of the empire, and she made significant social and political changes related to social class, government, and education.

Catherine the Great (1729-1796) – She ruled for 34 years, leading Russia into its Golden Age: the country grew and became one of the great powers in Europe. Supporting the Enlightenment ideals she made public health a priority, introduced state-financed higher education for women, and built the arts and literature collection now known as the Hermitage Museum.

Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1604) – The Virgin Queen who refused to marry ruled supreme over England for close to half a decade, considered the country’s Golden Age. Famously defeated the great Spanish Armada. Her 44 solid years on the throne provided stability for the kingdom and helped forge a sense of national identity.