1994 Daughters of Isis: Women of Ancient Egypt, Viking/Penguin 1994.
The women of Dynastic Egypt were a remarkable phenomenon in the ancient world. Subjected to none of the harsh restraints that Greek and Roman patriarchal tradition imposed on their womenfolk, Egyptian females were acknowledged to be full and independent members of society, capable of rational thought, and well able to account for the consequences of their own deeds. Any free-born woman was assured of her legal right to own and trade in property, initiate a court action and even live alone without the protection of a male guardian. Royal wives, mother and daughters enjoyed great influence and power in affairs of state, and a few unusually dominant women even managed to size the throne and rule their land as kings.
This book considers the daily routine of dynastic Egypt from a female viewpoint, using a combination of historical, archaeological and ethnographic evidence to review those aspects of life most relevant to women. Marriage and motherhood, employment prospects and housework, religion and death are all discussed in detail, while two chapters are devoted to the royal harem and the semi-divine king-queens who owned their land and everything in it. The Egyptian woman emerges from this balanced and sympathetic study as a vivid and influential figure. Her story makes fascinating reading, providing a mine of information for anyone interested in the daily life of ancient Egypt.