Women in Ancient Egypt. In ancient Egypt, women were not equal with men, but they had many rights



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Women in Ancient Egypt.

In ancient Egypt, women were not equal with men, but they had many rights, considerably more rights than did women in other ancient civilizations.








Marriage: One of their rights was the right to decide if they wished to marry or not. If a man asked a woman to marry him, she could say no. A woman in ancient Egypt could not be forced into marriage. Those who did marry usually married quite young, around age 12-14.

Once married, a woman's first duty was to be a good wife and mother. Children were very important to the ancient Egyptians.



Finances: Along with raising the children and running the household, women were free to get a paid job outside the home if they wanted one. They could run a business. They could own, buy, and sell property. They could make a will and leave their personal goods to whomever they chose, including their daughters.

Court:If any woman broke the law, she had go to court and defend herself from the charge, just like everyone else.

Divorce: One of the biggest rights a woman had was the right of divorce. If a woman was unhappy with her marriage, she could get a divorce, and then remarry someone else or remain single.

To be granted a divorce, a woman needed to present a good reason in a court of law.

If her divorce was granted, she gained custody of the children, plus all of her original dowry if one was brought to the marriage plus one-third of her husband's wealth. This was done so that she could raise her children comfortably.

Men could also get a divorce, but, if granted, women still gained custody of her children, her original dowry, and a big chunk of his wealth.

ACTIVITIES:

1. Identifica los verbos que estén en pasado en pasado simple y haz una lista con ellos. A continuación busca su significado.



Verb

Meaning

Verb

Meaning

Wished

Desear







Asked

Preguntar







Forced

Forzar/Forzó











































2. Identifica los verbos cuya forma del pasado sea irregular y escríbelos en una columna. Junto al verbo busca la forma del presente y su significado.

Irregular Verb Past

Present

Meaning

Irregular Verb Past

Present

Meaning

Were

Are

Ser/Estar










Had

Have got

Tener










Did

Do

Hacer




























3. Responde brevemente a las siguientes preguntas en español. Primero tienes que releer el texto en inglés_

1. ¿Podían divorciarse las mujeres en Egipto? En caso afirmativo, ¿de quién era la custodia de los hijos? ¿Debía el marido devolverle su parte de la dote?.

2. ¿A qué edad normalmente se casaba una mujer egipcia?.

3. ¿Podían las mujeres en Egipto trabajar fuera del hogar? ¿Podían tener propiedades? ¿Dirigir un negocio?



4. ¿Podían hacer testamento las mujeres en Egipto? ¿Las hijas tenían el mismo derecho a heredar que los hijos?.


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