Then his majesty said to them (Thutmose I): “This daughter of mine Khnumetamun Hatshepsut- may she live! I have appointed as my successor upon my throne. She shall direct the people in every sphere of the palace; it is she indeed who shall lead you. Obey her words, unite yourselves at her command.” The royal nobles, the dignitaries and the leaders of the people heard this proclamation of the promotion of his daughter, the King of upper and Lower Egypt, Maat-Ka-Ra may she live eternally. Queen Hatshepsut was to become the first Queen in history of humanity. Queen Hatshepsut inherited the throne after the death of her husband Thutmose II. She ruled from 1473 to 1458 BC and was the fifth Pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty. Even before the death of her husband she had great power as she had inherited political power as her husband reigned and after his death she took all power.
As she wore her false beard as Pharaoh she was to show humankind that women are Great leaders capable of designing the best policies, capable of giving a nation direction, capable of maintaining peace and very skilful and tactical in expeditions and war.
Her policies were based on trade not war as she was quite the economist as during her 16 year old reign the Egyptian economy flourished as she expanded her trading relations.
The definition of strength is a black women, she had two daughters lost her first born Sumnet at an early age and her second well know daughter Neferure was to become Queen to Thutmose III arguably one of the greatest leaders ever.
Queen Hatshepsut, was the only child of Queen Ahmosis and Thutmose I, she than married her half-brother Thutmose II.
QUEEN HATSHEPSUT was able to show her muscular in organising the first expedition of punt, now known as Somalia returning with Gold, Ivory and Myrrh tree. Her feminine touch to the expedition made sure that they not only return with Gold and Ivory but also the Myrrh tree. The Myrrh tree has been used throughout history as a perfume, incense and medicine, which she then planted all over Egypt.
Her architectural legacy is astonishing as she organised the restoring of buildings that her father had built and also built from scratch the temple of Djeser-djesuru (meaning Holiest of Holy places) which were dedicated to AMUN (AMEN) the Egyptian GOD.
Many African women such as Queen Nzinga, Miriam Makeba, Margaret Ekpo, Funmilayo Ransome Kuti, Yaa Asantewa, Assata Shakur, have shown that women are as Great if not Greater than males and certainly are stronger as they also have to deal with stupid, ignorant stereotypes that African, western, Asian and many more world culture have on women.
Women for Africa to reclaim its former Glory and Greatness, you need to take your position as mothers of the revolution. Men need you, they need to draw from your strength and courage. Women, you do not belong on the couch watching Big brother and desperate housewives but like Yaa Asantewa you belong on the battle field fighting for what you believe in and fighting for whats yours. You are Mothers, Leaders, Champions, Warriors, YOU ARE GREATNESS.
Black Women, In you we trust!