Thousands of years ago, ancient Egyptians believed women to be a wiser choice for a ruler. From Hatshepsut to Nefertiti, Tawosret, and Cleopatra – Egyptian history is full of fierce women who led their country through peace and war. Therefore, after years of dedicating exhibitions to tenacious male rulers, the National Geographic museum in Washington, D.C recently opened a new exhibition titled “Queens of Egypt.” Through more than 300 artifacts, the exhibition depicts the ways women climbed the authority ladder and wielded power. It also sheds light on how these female leaders were worshiped and respected. Running from the 1st of March until the 2nd of September, the exhibition was reportedly inspired by “When Women Ruled” – a book by Kara Cooney, professor of Egyptology at the University of California in Los Angeles.

“Learn about the hidden role of women in all aspects of Egyptian society. Meet seven Egyptian queens whose impact helped shape both the ancient and modern worlds. Then travel in the footsteps of women through their daily lives and into their tombs on their journeys to reach the afterlife,” reads the National Geographic’s website.