Women in Ancient Egypt

A work in progress bibliography on the topic of women in ancient Egypt.


  • Budin, S.L. and Turfa, J.M., Women in Antiquity: Real Women across the Ancient World (2016). Preview
  • Capel, A.K. and Markoe, G., Mistress of the House, Mistress of Heaven: Women in Ancient Egypt (1996). Preview
  • Graves-Brown, C., Dancing for Hathor: Women in Ancient Egypt (2010). Preview
  • James, S.L. and Dillon, S., A Companion to Women in the Ancient World (2012). Preview
  • Lesko, B.S., The remarkable women of ancient Egypt (1978).
  • Robins, G., Women in Ancient Egypt (1993). Preview
  • Szpakowska, K., Hidden voices: Unveiling women in ancient Egypt, in: A companion to women in the ancient world (2012), 25-38.
  • Tyldesley, J., Daughters of Isis: Women of Ancient Egypt (1994). Preview
  • Watterson, B., Women in Ancient Egypt (1991). Preview

Royal women

Female pharaohs

  • Cooney, K., The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt (2014). Preview
  • Roehrig, C.H. (ed.), Hatshepsut: From Queen to Pharaoh (2005).
  • Roth, A.M., Models of authority: Hatshepsut’s predecessors in power, in: Hatshepsut: From Queen to Pharaoh (2005), 9-14.
  • Roth, A.M., Hatshepsut’s mortuary temple at Deir el-Bahri: Architecture as political statement, in: Hatshepsut: From Queen to Pharaoh (2005), 147-151.
  • Roth, A.M., Erasing a reign, in: Hatshepsut: From Queen to Pharaoh (2005), 277-281.
  • Tyldesley, J., Hatchepsut: The Female Pharaoh (1996). Preview
  • Tyldesley, J., Foremost of women: The female pharaohs of ancient Egypt, in: Tausret: Forgotten queen and pharaoh of Egypt (2012), 5-24. Preview
  • Wilkinson, R.H. (ed.), Tausret: Forgotten queen and pharaoh of Egypt (2012). Preview


  • Savage, S.H., The Status of Women in Predynastic Egypt as Revealed through Mortuary Analysis, in: Reading the Body: Representations and Remains in the Archaeological Record (2000), 77-92.
  • Walters, E., Hierakonpolis women of stature and the legacy from the Near East in Egypt, in: Moving across borders: Foreign relations, religion and cultural interactions in the ancient Mediterranean (2007), 267-297.

Old Kingdom

Middle Kingdom

  • Quirke, S., Women of Lahun (Egypt 1800 BC), in: Archaeology and women: Ancient and modern issues (2007), 246-262. Preview
  • Stefanović, D., Dossiers of Ancient Egyptian Women: The Middle Kingdom and Second Intermediate Period (2016).

New Kingdom

Third Intermediate Period

Late Period

Ptolemaic/Roman/Coptic Period





  • Depauw, M., Notes on Transgressing Gender Boundaries in Ancient Egypt, ZÄS 130 (2003), 49-59.
  • Eaverly, M.A., Tan Men/Pale Women: Color and Gender in Archaic Greece and Egypt (2013). Preview
  • Graves-Brown, C. (ed.), Sex and gender in ancient Egypt: ‘Don your wig for a joyful hour’ (2008).
  • Wilfong, T.G. (ed.), Women and Gender in Ancient Egypt: From Prehistory to Late Antiquity (1997).
  • Wilfong, T.G., Gender in ancient Egypt, in: Egyptian archaeology (2010), 164-179.

Writing & literacy

  • Bagnall, R.S. and Cribiore, R., Women’s letters from ancient Egypt, 300 BC-AD 800 (2006).
  • Shubert, S.B., Does she or doesn’t she? Female literacy in ancient Egypt, in: Proceedings of the Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations Graduate Students’ annual symposia, 1998-2000 (2001), 55-76.


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